Last night I was a gaffer on a promo video for the Vela night club in downtown Seattle. It was an intense experience with a packed crowd of intoxicated night clubbers who were that strange mix of people really happy to be on camera, and those really unhappy that we were there. Fortunately we were shooting with a DSLR (the Canon 7D), and really it’s these kind of environments where a DSLR is a blessing as trying to get around with a bigger camera, perhaps even with a 35mm adapter mounted, would have been a chore.
From a lighting perspective I used two gelled lightpanels to create a strobe effect on the closer shots. Lightpanels are small battery-powered lights that use LEDs, so you’re not going to burn anyone who touches them. I also don’t have to tell you how helpful it was to not have to wrangle any cables behind me as well.
At the end of the night (morning?) the footage looked great, and part of that was thanks to the low-intrusion strategy we employed.