review: Litepanels Sola 4 LED Fresnel Light – (model: Ulorin Vex)

review: Litepanels Sola 4 LED Fresnel Light - (model: Ulorin Vex)

The dramatic look that video lights lend to photographs, is a regularly explored topic on Tangents. I also cover the use of video light in my book Direction and Quality of Light. The video lights that I have been favoring, are the Lowel ID-Light (vendor), but like other halogen video lights,  Read more inside...

After Dark Photography Education – St Louis, MO – 2013

After Dark Photography Education - St Louis, MO - 2013

Anyone who regularly followed the Tangents blog during the past year or so, will know that I've raved about the After Dark events that I attended (and presented at). In my opinion, After Dark is the best (and most fun) learning experience that I've encountered. If you want more details about After Dark: -  Read more inside...

review: Litepanels Croma LED video light

review: Litepanels Croma LED video light

For one of the mini-workshops in Las Vegas, I used a Litepanels Croma LED video light (vendor). This photo of our model, Gwen, shows the typically dramatic light from a video light. The pronounced light fall off can work to our advantage. What sets this hand-held / on-camera LED video light apart from most, is that  Read more inside...

exposure metering when using video light for photography

photography: determining the exposure when adding video light

In response to the article on how to shoot romantic wedding portraits, using video light, someone asked about exposure metering with the video light. "Much in the same vein as using flash, do you establish the ambient exposure first (to your taste) and then add the video light to expose ‘correctly’ for  Read more inside...

photography with video light and daylight

photography with video light and daylight

With the recent lighting workshop in New York, we again played with the use of video light ... and then took it out to the street. The blue-ish tones of the shady side of the building here, contrasted beautifully with the warm glow of the video light. As with the article, gelling your flash to get a blue background, this is  Read more inside...

photography composition – finding the other angles

photography composition - finding the other angles

At the same photo shoot-out that the stunning Film Noir Fight Scene came out of, I again worked with a model, Jill. Her hairstyle and dress were strongly reminiscent of the flapper era. It therefore just suited a more dramatic and sexy pose and styling. And of course, dramatic lighting. For off-the-cuff /  Read more inside...

wedding photography: bride & groom portraits with video light

wedding photography: bride & groom portraits with video light

For that dramatic Hollywood look, a video light is probably the easiest light to use, especially when there is the need to work fast like on a wedding day. With Alli & Scott's engagement photo session, I knew I'd be working with a couple that would easily go along with any ideas that we'd come up  Read more inside...

video tutorial – using LED video light for photography

video tutorial - using LED video light for photography

Regular visitors to the this website will know that I favor video lights for dramatic portraits. The what-you-see-is-what-you-get nature of it, makes it really easy to get interesting light on your subjects. But it does need some finessing in how you position it for portraits. Meeting up with Anelisa, one of my  Read more inside...

using a gelled LED video light for dramatic colors

using a gelled LED video light for a change in color balance (model: Rebekah)

Continuing with the theme of combining dramatically different color balances in a single image, there is this striking portrait of Rebekah. She is one of our models at the workshop at Treehaven, WI, this week. Working in the fading evening light, I had Rebekah pose somewhere in the middle of  Read more inside...

video light as fill-light for wedding portraits

using video light as fill-light for the romantic wedding portraits

Having just photographed my first wedding of 2011, I'm back in the groove of things. Keeping to the recent theme of showing how video lights are used for photography, I'd like to show a small selection of images of Cherryl and Jim's wedding where I used a video light to enhance the existing  Read more inside...