When you are working with LEDs, you still need to shape and control the direction of your light. There are some things you need to keep in mind, because of the unique way they are constructed. In this video, Abba Shapiro guides you through how to shape and control an LED light on set using grids.
- Another way that you can control your LED lights is with the use of grids. Now what a grid does is it actually, light likes to spread out in all directions, and it keeps it focused in a singular direction so you don't get a lot of spill and you get a different feel for the light when you shine it on your object or when you use it on a person. And grids just, they come with most of these lights. You can buy them sometimes after the fact and they'll just slide right in. Now you can use grids on very small lights 'cause maybe you want to light a small product or using it as a kicker or you can use it on full-sized lights.
As a matter of fact, one of the lights that we used earlier, we put a soft box on it because we wanted to get a nice large, soft light source. But even though I want this to be a soft light source, I want to be able to focus it. I don't want a lot of spill off my edges. So a lot of times your soft box can be complimented by a grid. And usually if you have a soft box it's complimented by a grid. Instead of being a hard grid, it usually looks something like this. And it's pretty easy. I'm gonna just go ahead and snap this on. (grid fabric rustling) Make sure my soft box is fully focused.
There we go. So now I have that nice soft light but it's focused. I don't have a lot of fall off to the side of my talent or off camera and I can really use this as a very focused soft light and really control where my light is going. Now let's go ahead and you can see that even a generic flat panel also can have a grid. Most flat panels can use grids whether you have a soft box or not. So in this case it just slides right into the channel and now instead of the light kind of flooding out in all directions, I can really focus where that light is hitting.
And depending on the light and the grid, you can actually get grids with different angles to control how much flooding or how controlled that light is. They'll be in degrees or angles to find out your focal point. Let's take a look with the lights off using just a small handheld LED. And this also has a grid. And I'm gonna work with it without the grid first and then I'll slide the grid on and you can see how the light changes and how much more it's in control. So let's go ahead and turn on our small little LED panel. And it really nicely lights the dinosaur but I'm not getting the focus or the control that I want.
So let's slide in our grid and see how different it looks. You'll notice with the grid in place, I can really focus where the light hitting and it's not just flooding all over the place. Especially if I want to come in a little bit close. So often times, a simple grid can change the look of your light, and therefore, the look of your shot.
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