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.
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
- using video light at weddings
- 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
- review: LitePanels MicroPro LED video light
- video lights and portraits (model – Sasha)
- video light and dramatic portraits (model – Priscilla)
- using two video lights for portraits (model – Nikiya)
- 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)
- embracing tungsten lighting for stills photography
- 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
- review: Litepanels Croma – variable color temperature LED video light (model: Gwen)
- Las Vegas photo session with the Litepanels Croma (model: Taylor B)
- wedding photography – using video light for macro detail photos
- video light for the romantic portraits of the bride and groom (Julia & Louis)
- photo homage: a regal portrait with a ferret (Lynn)
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 two that I currently use are:
- the Litepanels Croma LED video light (B&H), and
- the Lowel ID-Light (B&H)
Litepanels Croma LED video light (B&H)
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 (B&H)
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. (There are different options)
- Lowel Handle and Stud-Link – a more comfortable way to hold the video light than trying to grapple with it when it becomes a hot potato under your fingers.
- Lowel Complete Four-Leaf Barndoor Set - to flag the video light, (ie, control the way the video light spills), you will need a set of barndoors.
- Lowel Two Leaf Barndoor Set – a smaller set that weighs less than the Four-Leaf Barndoor set.
- spare 100W bulbs – just in case!
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