Want to work with LED lights? You will need to choose which type is best for you. They come in a variety of fixtures—from flat panels, to focusing lights, to ring lights. Which type of LED will work best for your photo shoot? Abba Shapiro explains what Fresnel, focusing, and flood LED lights are, and demonstrates how to use them on set.
- [Instructor] It used to be, when somebody said,…LED lights for photography,…you would think a flat panel light.…Well, that's not the case anymore.…There's actually quite a number of manufacturers…putting out focusing lights, or fresnel lights,…that allow you to really put the light…exactly where you want it and create…either an intense spot or to flood it out…to create a nice softer look.…Now I like the fact that these lights are bright…and I can move them around and really focus and control…the look of my image.…
Let's go ahead and turn this around and take a look…at the shadows that are thrown with this light,…and I'm gonna zoom in and zoom out on the fresnel…so you can see what happens as I focus it.…So this is the focusing light pretty much flooded out,…and it covers a wider area.…Because it's a focusing light, you actually will see…that the shadow is a lot sharper…than when we use the flat panel light.…So if I really wanna have nice, sharp shadows…I could go ahead and use a fresnel light.…If I wanted to, I could put a modifier on to soften it,…
In this course, photographer and educator Abba Shapiro details the why and how behind using LED panels and other continuous lighting sources for photography. He covers the pros and cons of shooting with continuous LED lights, reviews the different types of LED lights, explains how to tackle portraits and product photography with LEDs, and shows how to work with LEDs when you're outside.
- The pros and cons of LED lighting
- Reviewing key terms
- The types of LED lights
- Shaping and controlling LED lights
- Shooting portraits
- Shooting product photography
- Working with LEDs outside