Nick Martini

Nick Martini is an accomplished director and DP. While often involved on productions with his company, Stept Studios, Nick also works as a commercial and documentary director for a variety of production companies and agencies. His work has taken him around the globe. From orbiting waterfalls in Iceland to chasing RAM trucks through the desert. He has told stories featuring the world’s greatest athletes, lifestyles, and brands.

Invest in quality or go cheap? Best Soft boxes for Photo and Video production?

How much should you spend on your gear, and what do you get for your money? Is a high-dollar item better than a less expensive item with similar features? Like every photographer in today’s market, I ask myself that very question when putting down cash for equipment.

A big question I get about the gear I use is, “Is that worth the money?” And for most of the gear I own, the answer is yes. Photography and video are the way I pay the bills, so the gear I use must work every single time I pull it out of the case.

Jeff Lewis; The Knack for Taking Big Risks at The Right Times

Many times in a creative’s life, there will be a period when you look back on what you’ve been doing and make a choice to pivot into a new chapter. For Jeff Lewis, there has been a few over the years – some very notable ones to say the least. Lewis grew up eating, sleeping & breathing football, although his creative side shown through in his oil paintings. However, it wasn’t until he was in college on the football field that his true calling occurred to him.

Chimera Welcomes Light + Byte AG

With nearly a quarter of a century supporting the Swiss Imaging community, and a team of over 30 industry professionals We would like to welcome the Light + Byte team to the Chimera Lighting family.

DP Nancy Schreiber, ASC On Women In Film And Lighting Without A Budget

Currently preparing for a labor-of-love shoot in Trinidad, Nancy Schreiber, ASC is bubbling with enthusiasm for the project, Moving Parts, a fictional narrative that centers on the international sex trade. “I was just drawn to the subject matter,” she says. Ever vocal for the rights of women, Schreiber says that she will work on several PSAs over the course of a year in between other work, but for this feature length, she has dedicated herself to seeing the project through despite a very small budget.

Cinematographer And ASC President Richard Crudo, ASC Talks About His Historic Career In Film

Starting in the late 1970’s, Crudo began his career as an assistant cameraman on such films as Raising Arizona, Ghostbusters II, Field of Dreams and Presumed Innocent. During that time he had the opportunity to work for a litany of historic cinematographers like Michael Chapman, ASC, Laszlo Kovacs, ASC, Gordon Willis, ASC and Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC.

President of the International Cinematographers Guild Local 600 I.A.T.S.E. and Former ASC President Steven Poster, ASC On The Challenges Of Modern Day Filmmaking

With more than sixty cinematography credits to his name as well as more than four decades surfing the turmoil of union politics, cinematographer Steven Poster, ASC has been instrumental to the industry of filmmaking not only as a world famous DP but also as a key figure in the fight for the rights of cinematographers and imaging professionals.

International Dealers

Chimera Lighting is actively recruiting new partners for our dealer and distribution networks in open territories.

Two New Adapters from Chimera Lighting Turns the Jr. and Sr. Space Lights into a Key Light

Boulder, June 2016 -Thanks to Chimera Lighting’s continuing innovation, the company has announced the first ever adapter that allows lightbanks to be used with space lights. This effective and efficient system of pairing space lights with lightbanks now provides cinematographers and lighting professionals with an option previously unavailable—the ability to use a space light as a key light.

Chimera Lighting’s TECH Multi Bracket and newly designed Lightbanks Bring Octabank Power to LED Panels

Boulder, June 2016—Today, Chimera Lighting announced the first LED Panel Adapter for Octabanks for mounting 5 foot OctaPlus TECH lightbanks on LED panels. Until recently, output from LED panels was only strong enough to work with smaller lightbanks. But thanks to technological advances, the intensity of light from LED fixtures has increased to the point where using them in concert with larger OctaPlus lightbanks is now a viable solution, meeting the demand for a light modifier that increases the light aperture of the fixture.

DP Shane Hurlbut, ASC On His Enthusiasm For Tech, Lighting and Education

Shane Hurlbut, ASC is a very focused man. After securing a degree in film and television from Emerson College in 1986, the cinematographer quickly found himself learning grip and electrical work on movies like Phantasm II and Teen Witch. Since then, he has expanded his portfolio to include lead camera on nearly twenty films, including blockbusters like Need For Speed and Terminator: Salvation. The latter he shot with director McG, who just worked with him again on a film called The Babysitter, which is in post production. The film stars Russell Crowe and Jane Fonda. Hurlbut also completed the drama Fathers and Daughters with director Gabrielle Muccino late last year. It will premiere domestically in theaters this July.

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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