One-Light LED Portraiture
LEDs may represent the future of studio lighting but a number of the currently available options come with a caveat or two for the new professional or aspiring pro. Some LED solutions are affordable but may be too physically small for efficient use in a studio or they may be large enough but too expensive for the shooter who just wants to dip their toes into the LED waters. Measuring 14 x 7½ x 2 ¾-inches and costing less than two hundred bucks, Flashpoint’s 500C LED light appears to be a Goldilocks solution for the LED newbie who wants to see what all the fuss is about.
Like most LED light sources that I’ve tested previously, the Flashpoint 500C was originally designed for video applications but it can be a useful tool for still photographers too. Designed to run on AC power the 500C can be powered by an optional ($199.95) 162.8-Watt Flashpoint V Lock Battery for shoots located far from a convenient AC source. To ensure safe operation, the battery’s circuits monitor and protect cell balance, temperature, overcharge and over discharge. The V Lock Battery can also power an additional device and has four-LEDs that show remaining battery capacity.
The setup you see at top right used the white wall in my 11×15-foot home studio as a background to create a somewhat high key look. The Flashpoint 500C placed high and at camera left and a 32-inch Flashpoint reflector at camera right as shown. Looking retro 1960’s the always beautiful Pam Simpson wearing a blue leather dress was photographed with a Canon EOS 60D with EF-S15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens (at 55mm.)