Understanding Portraiture with LEDs
Oct26

Understanding Portraiture with LEDs

Television Lighting Consistency Index: The European Broadcasting Union’s Technical Committee approved a recommendation designed to give technical aid to broadcasters for assessing new lighting equipment or re-assess the colorimetric quality of their existing lighting. LED lighting gear originated in the world of television and still photographers (and lighting manufacturers looking for new markets) have adapted the technology to...

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LED Lighting for a Nostalgic Portrait
Feb27

LED Lighting for a Nostalgic Portrait

When shooting with Rotolight’s Anova Pro BI-S Bi-Color LED Light, the optional ($250) barndoors are an ideal way to control the output. The barndoors’ lightweight metal six-leaf design folds flat for easy storage and comes with mounting hardware and hex wrench just in case the doors loosen. The barndoors were helpful whether I was trying to focus the light on a subject, allowing it to go more low key by keeping light off of a...

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In the Studio with Flashpoint’s LED Studio Lights
Aug01

In the Studio with Flashpoint’s LED Studio Lights

The trend of using continuous light sources, such as LED, plays well with photographers integrating video into the services they offer clients. But there’s also a convenience factor. A continuous source lets you see the how light falls on a portrait subject exactly as it will appear in the final image and can use your in-camera meter to arrive at an exposure. I’ve tested Flashpoint’s rectangular LED light panels in the past and looked...

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Color Testing LED Lights for Portraiture
Apr07

Color Testing LED Lights for Portraiture

When writing about LED lighting for portraits, readers always ask: Are they really daylight balanced? And how bright are they? Most LED lights are rated in lux (luminous flux), which doesn’t help most photographers, especially when there’s a distance component affecting the inverse square rule that “an object twice the distance from a light source will receive a quarter of the illumination.” The above is not a bracketed series because...

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Neo LED Light from Rotolight
Sep16

Neo LED Light from Rotolight

Regular readers of this blog, know that I really like Rotolight’s LED lighting products, especially the versatile RL-48N, which I’ve written about using here and here. Since its photokina week, I want to include some of the new products launched this week, starting with Rotolight’s NEO. I hope to have an early production version in my hands-on to show some hands-on usage. NEO features Bi-Color LED lighting that...

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In the Studio with the Lumix GH4
Jul01

In the Studio with the Lumix GH4

I’ve been looking forward to shooting with my new Panasonic Lumix GH4 in the studio and recently had the opportunity while working on a story for Shutterbug about shooting with LED lighting. In the above setup shot, a Rotologht Anova V2 is placed near that back of my 11×15-foot home studio and slightly to my right. Since it’s the most powerful of the three lights used, I bounced the Anova off the nine-foot ceiling using it...

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Glamour Photography with LEDs
Jan28

Glamour Photography with LEDs

This post and last Tuesdays are about using Rotolight’s RL-48 LED lights for portraits in preparation for a  workshop on LED lighting using these versatile and inexpensive lights. Check the Workshop section for schedule and details. The use of small LEDs light sources like the Rotolights are not without a few adjustments to your normal way of shooting. As the state of the LED art evolves, I’m sure this process will change but right...

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