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  1. #1
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    LED Lighting Recommendations

    LED Lighting Recommendations
    I'm thinking of adding an LED lighting system.

    Seems that the LED technology has come a long way in the past few years and I'm seeing more people recommend it.
    At a New Year's Bash I was at this year the organizers brought in a photographer who set up a self serve booth with some props and Happy New Year background - the lighting was two large LED panels - they worked and were a good 10 feet back of the subjects. But they were big suckers. Not sure I'd want to go that big (these things had to be almost a meter wide.

    I do have a small LED "torch" which is nice but the light falls off quickly - best for still life up close or for fill maybe. I also have an LED macro ring light - again, works fine up close. These are small LED's I'm looking for something more like this:

    LED Lighting Recommendations-ledgo-lights.jpg

    Maybe a mix of a box style panel and a fresnel style spot light like this
    LED Lighting Recommendations-fresnal-led.jpg

    I'd like to get change from a thousand dollar bill. (I'd like to go in with a thousand dollar bill just for effect).

    Of course less is good. Might pry the wallet open just a little wider but that would take a good sales clerk.

    Been watching YouTube reviews and reading other on-line sources. Seems the old adage "you get what you pay for" as always applies ... to a degree. Sometimes the cheaper product can be 'good enough' . The other thing is that you do get what you pay for, and sometimes what you pay for is lots of marketing by a big name brand. I would not bring this sort of thing in from off shore preferring to buy from brick and mortar stores when I can.

    One of the motivating factors is get continuous lighting for pet photography - miss too many great shots waiting for the beep on my speedlights. And there are those who think speedlight flashes may hurt sensitive pet eyes. (not sure if that is true but always wise to keep the pet owner happy - especially if you are married to her.


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    FKD Alberta Canada

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    Re: LED Lighting Recommendations

    It probably isn't comfortable if the flash is too close. My dogs really don't care for the flash.
    Please post what you decide on if you haven't done so elsewhere.
    "You doesn't have to call me Dawg Pics. You can call me Carolyn or you can call me Sue or you can call me Suzie or you can call me Suzie-Q or you can call me Carol or you can call me Carolyn Sue, but you doesn't have to call me Dawg Pics.

    "Remember to gaze up at the night sky because there is a little bit of the cosmos in each of us."

    Um yeahhhh, I shoot a lot of pics of my dogs.
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    Re: LED Lighting Recommendations

    Don't know anything about it other than once I was second shooter at a huge wedding and the videographer had two panels of leds on tripods. Not very big maybe 1X2 (like the ones you have pictured). While shooting indoors he told the boss we could use them. The boss asked are they daylight balanced and the videographer shrugged his shoulders. We passed. Apparently one must have daylight balanced leds or at least that is what that photographer wanted. We ended up using off camera stuff to get what we were after. Don't know that this helps any just an anecdote I wanted to pass along to you.
    Last edited by Samo; 03-21-2017 at 05:06 AM.

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    Re: LED Lighting Recommendations

    Quote Originally Posted by Samo View Post
    Don't know anything about it other than once I was second shooter at a huge wedding and the videographer had two panels of leds on tripods. Not very big maybe 1X2 (like the ones you have pictured). While shooting indoors he told the boss we could use them. The boss asked are they daylight balanced and the videographer shrugged his shoulders. We passed. Apparently one must have daylight balanced leds or at least that is what that photographer wanted. We ended up using off camera stuff to get what we were after. Don't know that this helps any just an anecdote I wanted to pass along to you.

    Most of the newer ones are daylight balanced or adjustable. That does matter as some of the early versions were prone to colour casts. The newer ones are also far far brighter. But that is a consideration.

    I have a trip to the city planned at the end of the month and hope to steal a few moments to get down to a camera store and look more closely at this type of lighting.
    FKD Alberta Canada

    D500, D610, D7100, D5100

    Nikkor FX:
    AFS 60mm 2.8, AFS 85mm 1.8, AFD 105 2.8, AFS 70-200 2.8 VRI, AFS 200-500 5.6.
    Nikkor DX: AFS 16-85 VR, AFS VR 55-300, AFS 35mm 1.8.
    Tamron: SP 24-70 2.8, SP 70-300 4-5.6, SP 17-35 2.8-4
    Tokina: ATX 11-20 2.8, Sigma: Art 50 1.4
    Lensbaby Composer Pro with collection of optics & 5.8 F/3.5 Fisheye,
    Kenko 300 DGX 1.4 TC
    SB-400, 600 & 700, Metz 58 AF2, Godox AD360 & 2 x V860 et al
    and Benro Transfunctional Travel Angel to watch over me





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