Shooting Portraits with Lowel’s Blender

The Lowel Blender’s twin-LED design makes it possible to fine-tune its color output to match (or contrast with) whatever kind of existing light that you’re grappling with. This tiny (4.5 x 3.75-inches) unit produces 56W of light, is dimmable from 100% to 10% and is powered by a 120V AC adapter or the optional ($27.88) camcorder battery sled (uses Panasonic, Sony or Canon batteries.) The Lowel Blender 3 Light Kit includes three Blenders, three lightstands, AC adapters, and a kit case.

The Blender’s two arrays of daylight and tungsten balanced LEDs are controlled by two rheostat-style dials. The top knob adjusts the output of the Daylight LEDs, while the bottom knob increases the output of the Tungsten balanced LEDs. The key to the whole “blender” bit is using those two rheostats separately or together to control the LED arrays to match the color of the light in mixed lighting environments making it possible to dial in the color of light from approximately 2800 to 6000 degrees K.

You can also use it as I have here, shooting with the lights in a more or less Daylight mode. For this shot, I removed the (included) diffusion filter from the Blender at camera right, replacing it with the clear protective cover and inserted a 40-inch white with black backed umbrella in the mount. A second Blender was placed slightly higher and at camera left and behind the subject to act as a hair light.

Image was captured with a Nikon D800 with the AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens (at 95mm) with an exposure of 1/15 sec at f/4 and ISO 2000. (If you’re wondering about that ISO setting, see “Why Do Some of My Portraits Have High ISO’s?)

Screen Shot 2016-03-26 at 9.13.43 AMIf you’re interested in shooting portraits and how I use lighting, please pick up a copy of “Studio Lighting Anywhere” which is available from your favorite book or camera stores as well as, where your purchase helps this blog.

Author: Joe Farace

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