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 walks through how to shape and control an LED light by using soft boxes.
- When working with LEDs and you want to soften your light,…we've talked about using just some diffusion,…but one of the keys is to get the diffusion actually…further away from the light because…then it gives you a smoother light…and also you can use a larger piece of diffusion…which gives you a larger light source,…which gives you a softer, nicer shadow.…So what I like to use,…is I like to use some sort of a soft box…instead of, or in addition to, the diffusion on my lights.…And a lot of these lights do come with them.…As a matter of fact, if we take a close look at this,…even these little lights here,…it comes with, you know, a little soft box,…and it has a little bit of distance,…they just snap right on,…and this is nothing that fancy,…it's just, gets it a little further out,…and being a soft box,…it actually allows you to control your light…a little bit more so you don't have fall off on the sides,…it gives you some edges,…and again it's lighter here,…so it really kind of channels the light…in the direction that you want.…
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