Want to illuminate an entire football field for a photo shoot, but can’t find enough friends who will let you borrow their external flashes? Have deep pockets? Here’s a “lighting accessory” you might want to add to your camera bag: the light truck.
Earlier this week, David Hobby of Strobist shared the results of experiments he conducted in lighting high school football games using way-off-camera flashes. He writes,
In the end, a lot of extra work for a chancy, potentially frustrating result [...] the final conclusion has to be that lighting night football is not practical [...] Even with near-optimal gear, no deadlines and a friendly home-field coach, the results were disappointing to say the least.
Hobby also asked his readers if they knew of any ways to light the field more reliably. A reader named Daniel responded with a comment saying,
What you see above is the “Sky High Lighting Rig” “light truck” by a SoCal-based company called DADCO. It features massive articulating lights, an onboard power generator, and dimmer controls. You can rent one to illuminate your outdoor photo shoot for just $1,500 per day.
Here’s another of the company’s light trucks called the “G-4 Nite Sun“, which features four 24kW lights that produce roughly 20 million lumens:
As an added bonus, it comes with “extension ears” that let you attach gels to the lights.
If you ever have the opportunity to use the light truck in any kind of photo shoot — perhaps you need to photograph a jumbo jet — be sure to share your experience and results with us!
Thanks for sending in the tip, Phil!
Image credits: Photographs by DADCO