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Chimera and Zylight proudly announce Active Diffusion!

Zylight, a leading manufacturer of innovative LED lighting solutions, has partnered with Chimera Lighting to manufacture and distribute Active Diffusion, Zylight’s patented electronic diffusion technology, giving the end user infinitely adjustable opacity. Lightings first “Follow Focus.”

Chimera Lighting Announces new Light Booms and Lantern Kit

Chimera Lighting, the standard-setting lightbank and accessories manufacturer for image-makers worldwide announces the availability of a Standard and Compact Light Boom as well as kit that includes a Boom, Triolet, and Chimera Pancake Lantern Kit.

Alex Buono DoP for the SNL Film Unit Talks About His Next Project and the Importance of Working with a Tightly Knit Crew.

Alex Buono hangs out with some pretty fun people. Having just returned from Colombia for a shoot on the second season of the satirical series Documentary Now!, the DP and director has been traveling the world for a new IFC show created by Saturday Night Live alumni Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and Seth Meyers.
Alongside his impeccable resume, Buono is probably most famous for seventeen years of work behind the famous “mock” vignettes poking fun at commercials and pop culture on Saturday Night Live.

How to use Tungsten Lighting for High Quality Results: Corporate and Broadcast interviews.

Traditionally tungsten lighting has been problematic for me, with high temperatures making them hard to modify and still producing less than stellar results. But my opinion has changed since I started using the Chimera Triolet. The Triolet is a small lighting fixture that can handle light sources, including tungsten bulbs, up to 1,000 watts.

Expanding the Chimera Tech Lightbank family of ARRI SkyPanel accessories, Chimera Lighting announces a new model in the line: the Chimera Lightbank for the ARRI SkyPanel S120

Boulder, April 2, 2016— As the availability and use of LEDs has grown, so has the need for light modifiers to better sculpt the output from these efficient light sources. Responding to this industry need, Chimera Lighting has created Tech Lightbanks for ARRI’s S30 and S60 SkyPanel LED fixtures. The new Chimera Tech Lightbank series delivers the quality and durability that Chimera is known for.

DP and Educator Bill Holshevnikoff reflects on seeing light and the changing tech behind it all.

Known as one of the world’s preeminent lighting educators for almost three decades now, Bill Holshevnikoff says that one of the things he will warn his many workshop students about right off the bat is that once you start to understand how light works, you will never be able to see it any other way. “It becomes almost a subconscious thing,” he laughs. “It’s like showing the magic behind a trick; once you see how it’s done, you can’t really un-do it.”

Comparing Chimera Collapsible Beauty Dish vs. Traditional Metal Dishes

When it comes to photographing people, there might not be a better, and more used light modifier than the mighty beauty dish. But when the time comes to hitting the road, this bulky and fragile item is usually the first left behind. Photographer M.D. Welch compares Chimera’s Octa Beauty collapsible beauty dish to traditional metal beauty dishes and shows you that you don’t have to sacrifice perfect lighting for portability.

Roberto Valenzuela: Clarity and Light

Photographers often have similar stories about discovering their love for taking pictures when they were young and received a camera from a family member or took a class in high school. Award winning photographer, educator and top selling author Roberto Valenzuela’s career began in high school but in a very different way than one would imagine. Click to read more!

Behind the Scenes at NFL Honors with the Chimera RingMAXX

Senior Photo Editor and lead photographer for the NFL, Ben Liebenberg gives us an amazing behind-the-scenes look at making press images for the NFL Honors.

From Film School to Grey’s Anatomy with Greg Reeves

As Assistant Chief Lighting Technician (Best Boy), Greg Reeves knows what’s going to happen next on Grey’s Anatomy but he’s not telling. In fact, he’s been privy to the secrets of this award-winning medical drama for more than a decade and has loved every minute of his tenure with the show.

Dealing With Change – And How Transitioning Can Be Good For Us All

“Any artist would benefit from learning other creative disciplines. We should all explore other arts and technologies, then combine them – what cognitive researchers call ‘unusual associations’. I think that’s a better strategy than just being a purist in one field.” – August Bradley

Why Super Pro X Lightbanks with M.D. Welch

Photographer M.D. Welch discusses why he chooses Chimera lightbanks over the competition for his work.

Adventures in Light with David Clifford

Some photographers are lucky enough to say they had a parent inspire them to pick up a camera. For David Clifford, his father was a longtime Minolta shooter with a subscription to American Photo magazine. Clifford’s story is one that follows an interesting narrative of immersing yourself in what you love, realizing when you have to make the hard choices of following passions, and setting yourself up for success with investing in yourself.

Perfect Lighting with Quick Release Rings and M.D. Welch

A softbox can be a photographers best friend, giving you limitless possibilities with options like removable diffusioin, reseased faces and additional options like grids. But that friendship can turn ugly when trying to setup or teardown a softbox on set, or on location. Photographer and Filmmaker M.D. Welch, specializing in commercial and editorial work demonstrates with different subjects and locations. How he lights subjects and which Chimera Lighting tools he uses to get the job done.

Creating the Images of the NFL

Senior Photo Editor and lead photographer for the NFL, Ben Liebenberg on creating and curating images for the iconic sports league and the tools he uses.

Controlling Light with a Lighttools® ez[POP] Fabric Grid

Grids are one of the most powerful tools for Photographers. But when it comes to softboxes, grids can go from friend to foe in a matter of moments. Photographer and Filmmaker M.D. Welch, specializing in commercial and editorial work demonstrates with different subjects and locations. How he lights subjects and which Chimera Lighting tools he uses to get the job done.

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The History of Chimera

From its inception in 1980, Chimera Lighting has gained a reputation for innovation and excellence in the photography and film industries for its exceptional lighting products. But, like many innovative companies, Chimera evolved from humble beginnings.

Dan McClanahan Chimera Visionary Contest Winner talks about maintaining growth in a smaller market

The biggest thing you’ll always hear over and over in tons of businesses is – location, location, location. Photography is no different but that mantra is not entirely as simple and direct as per se, the real estate industry. Simply put, people tell you that if you shoot a certain style of photography you should be in a big market for that said photography genre to make your business flourish. Dan McClanahan will tell you why thats not true.

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