LEDs aren’t the most perfect lighting tools for studio portraits. But they do offers some advantages when shooting portraits in a studio environment. Jay P. Morgan demonstrates this by using LED lights to recreate the magic of the 1920s:
Advantages of Using LEDs
- With an LED light, you get to see exactly what you’re going to capture, which is a great advantage when setting up your lights.
- LED lights, being continuous in nature, are ideally suitable for shooting video.
- You have complete control over your color temperature. You can dial in the color temperature and match with the color temperature of whatever colored light that is coming through a window.
- LEDs draw a consistent amount of power. Strobes, on the other hand, draw a lot of power in a surge when they charge after discharging in a flash. This is why LEDs are comparatively more convenient to use in most environments, including homes.
- They work well for using wide open apertures to achieve shallow depth of field.
Disadvantages of Using LEDs
- LEDs are not very powerful. So, the very reason you can use wide apertures, means you cannot use small apertures like f/8, f/11 and so on.
- With LEDs you won’t be able to freeze action. The light isn’t powerful enough.
- You absolutely need a tripod to shoot with an LED light. You’ll need to use a longer than usual shutter speed, which means you need to stabilize the camera.
- Using modifiers becomes a tad more difficult when working with LEDs. Some LEDs do come with the option to mount a modifier, but not all of them.
Do you shoot with LEDs? Tell us about your experience.
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