> Ah, lighting gear. You've got to love what it can do, but who doesn't
> hate lugging it, setting it up, and packing it up when you're done. I
> had an interior shoot this week, a big one. The (large) condo unit
> was fully staged, and the client wanted the view through the windows
> clearly visible, not all washed out. Of course, that means lighting,
> and lots of it.
> I'd always felt that an assistant was something that I didn't need,
> and couldn't justify the expense of. But as soon as all the equipment
> was carried up the stairs, unpacked, and set up, all while I planned
> shots, I knew that I'd made a good decision.
> It was really suprising to me how much having an assistant leveraged
> my productivity. Of course there's the time saved by not having to
> move the lights from setup to setup, but also having someone to adjust
> lights while you look through the camera, to take light readings, to
> hold a reflector or flag, or just fetch a new battery for the camera.
> I did learn though, that I must differentiate between a reflector
> (large, disc shaped) and a reflector (conical, chrome, fits on light)
> In the end, I was actually quite happy to pay her at the end of the
> day, considering it money WELL spent. And next time she'll be even
> more worth the money, as she now knows the difference between a
> reflector and a reflector, as well as how to set up everything.
> PS: We settled on "reflector" for the large disc shaped things, and
> "standard reflector" for the one that goes on the lights :)