The Wrong Tool for the Job

Published on May 20, 2011

The first light I purchased cost $350, and I rarely use it. It was a Mole Richardson tungsten fresnel (used).

Don't get me wrong. It's an amazing light, and if I was shooting different stuff, I'd use it a lot more. But it has a big problem...

It's a fresnel light, so it's better at lighting *things* than *people*.

And like most video shooters, I'm usually lighting people.


It's the wrong light for the kind of shooting I do.

Luckily lights are pretty good at holding their value, so it's possible I could sell it for about the same price that I paid for it.

And there's some stuff I could do to modify it and still make it useable...

But the truth is I never should have purchased it.

It's a great tool, but it wasn't the tool I needed. So I wasted money buying it, and now I have to waste time selling it.

Video can be expensive, but it's more expensive when you make mistakes.

Want to know how to make less mistakes?

All the best,


P.S.> I'm helping a local indie crew shoot a zombie short film this weekend. If you're shooting this weekend too, I wish you the best of luck with your project.

This article was last updated on May 9, 2018


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