using a video light in photography
In addition to using various speedlights and flashguns, I also use video light as additional lighting with stills photography. Using video light in a scenario where tungsten light is the dominant source of light, helps in achieving a more natural look. Video light is also a continuous light source, making immediate changes to the lighting intuitive – what you see is how it will appear.
Since a video light is a small light source (compared to a flash with a softbox or umbrella), it will lend a more dramatic look to portraits. It has a specific aesthetic, and coupled with the direct intuitive way the light can be used, a video light can add more variety to your portraits.
articles on the use of video light in photography
- bounce flash vs video light – Shawna
- video light vs bounce flash – Crystal
- video clip – tutorial on using an LED video light
- posing and lighting – aiming for a consistent style (Nicole & Brad)
- using video light for boudoir photography
- positioning the hand-held video light
- romantic wedding portrait with video light
- lighting ideas for the romantic wedding portraits
- wedding photography – bride & groom portraits with video light (Allison & Scott)
- exposure metering when using video light (Amy & Clark)
- Comparison: Lowel ID-light & Litepanels MicroPro & Dedo Ledzilla
- use light & lighting to add impact to your photos (Grace & Joseph)
- video lights and portraits (model – Sasha)
- video light and dramatic portraits (model – Priscilla)
- wedding photography – using video light for macro detail photos
- video light and portraits (model – Amy)
- video light and boudoir photography (model – Precious)
- combining video light & daylight (model – Catherine)
- using two LED video lights for effect (model – Virginia)
- using a gelled LED video light for dramatic colors (model – Rebekah)
- video light for the romantic portraits of the bride and groom (Julia & Louis)
- photo session using video light – a lazy afternoon (Jessica B)
- video light as fill-light for wedding portraits (Cherryl & Jim)
- romantic wedding portraits with video light (Tatiana & Brandon)
- photo shoot: haunted fashion (using video lights) (model – Anna)
- combining video light and daylight (Anelisa)
- using video lights for outdoor night-time portrait photography (Lindsey & Chris)
- review: Litepanels Croma – variable color temperature LED video light (model: Gwen)
- Las Vegas photo session with the Litepanels Croma (model: Taylor B)
- photo homage: a regal portrait with a ferret (Lynn)
- review: Litepanels MicroPro LED video light
- using two video lights for portraits (model – Nikiya)
- embracing tungsten lighting for stills photography
Also, check out the blog category for video lighting for stills photography for updates.
the video lights I use
There’s a variety of video lights available on the market.
The Litepanels Croma LED video light – it is compact; doesn’t run hot and works off AA batteries. The color balance can be continuously changed from Incandescent WB to Daylight WB.
The other video light I use is a system based around the Lowel ID-Light. I use the Lowel ID-light with the XLR power connector. Other options are available. The Lowel ID-light is fairly powerful as these lights tend to go. The system includes barndoors and diffusers to manipulate the light.
- Lowel ID-Light 100 Watt Focus Flood
- Bescor MM-9 XLRNC battery – of course you would need a battery to power the light.
- Lowel Handle and Stud-Link – a more comfortable way to hold the hot video light..
- Lowel Complete Four-Leaf Barndoor Set – to flag the video light – ie, control the way the video light spills.
- spare 100W bulbs – just in case!
next section: just ambient light
video tutorials to help you with flash photography
If you like learning by seeing best, then these video tutorials will help you with understanding flash photography techniques and concepts. While not quite hands-on, this is as close as we can get to personal instruction. Check out these and other video tutorials and online photography workshops.