Check out the new video posted in the Members Area about using hot lights instead of flash. There, I go into detail about the advantages of using hot lights, as well as the problems you might encounter, and how to deal with them. In the video I demonstrate how I used the Arri 650w Tungsten Fresnel along with an Alien Bees B800 (modeling light only) to produce a sequence of shots including the ones below:
From the video. You can see the Alien Bees unit with modeling lamp on on the left, the Arri Fresnel on the right. I talk about ways I used them to create several shots.
In this shot, the Arri and the Alien Bees unit switched roles creating a “film noir” style of lighting.
Although you can make almost any type of continuous lighting work for you, a good professional light like the Arri, along with barn doors or other modifiers, can make life much easier. Stay away from the knock-off models, by the way; I’ve seen some reviews that made me happy I invested in the real thing.
Warning: Make sure you take precautions when using hot lights like this. As you can see from this video screen grab, I’m using heat-resistant gloves when working with this light.