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Guide to
Lighting Equipment

Photography is a whole of a lighting game. Whether you are working with natural light or the creation of optimum studio lighting setup.

But as it is always noticed that adequate lighting is not always available, every photographer must have the right photography lighting equipment in hand to capture the perfect images.

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Summary

LED Panel

(Diode/ Soft Film)

Pros:

  • Low power consumption

  • Low temperature

  • Long life span (durable and shockproof unlike glass bulbs)

  • Directional light

Cons:

  • Soft light

  • Made out of expensive materials

  • Reduced lumen output over time

Portable LED

Diodes Panel

Pros:

  • Low power consumption

  • Low temperature

  • Long life span (durable and shockproof unlike glass bulbs)

  • Portable and easy to carry

Cons:

  • Low power lighting

  • Small area of light dispersion

Foldable Light Panels

Pros:

  • Low power consumption

  • Low temperature

  • Long life span (durable and shockproof unlike glass bulbs)

  • Portable and easy to carry

  • Malleable to sui different usage

Cons:​

  • Reduced lumen output over time

Light Strobes

Pros:

  • High power light output

  • Daylight colour temperature

  • Produce directional light

  • Interchangeable accessories

Cons:

  • Expensive

  • Fragile bulbs

  • Hard to plan the light composition

Light Wand

Pros:

  • Low power consumption

  • Low temperature

  • Easy to Manipulate

  • Portable and easy to carry

Cons:

  • Low power lighting

  • Restricted lighting angle and direction

Ring Lights

Pros:

  • For portraits and close-up shots

  • Eliminates harsh shadows

  • Soft light quality

Cons:

  • Limited to close ups and face shots.

  • Catchlights take the form of rings in the eyes

Types of Lighting Equipment

Strobe Lights

studio strobe is a dedicated flash unit. They can sometimes be referred to as a monobloc or monolight. Usually mains powered, more battery-powered offerings are being brought onto the market all the time. Power output between models can vary greatly, with cheaper strobes offering as much power as a cheap third-party flashgun. 

 

The advantage that strobe lighting has over continuous lighting has is the light stays the same after every photograph. It can also give you an abundance of light, without the temperature rising, it can also be controlled. Also, you can purchase add ons like a soft box or umbrella reflector to enhance your shooting experience.

Light Wands

With their light output, stealthiness or "hideability" and application, light wands are here to stay. With diversified lengths, they can mimic a big panel especially when mounted horizontally and positioned very close the subject. Light Wands are great for fill lighting, macro photography and product photography. This multi-application tool can hang almost anywhere with its convenient metal hook accessory, or secured to a light stand or boom, making for an excellent rim light as well. Some light wands come with a padded handle which makes it comfortable for handheld use as well. 

Big advantage in studio: Open set, no need for multiple light sources, mirrors, reflectors, gobos, etc. Greatly simplifies and speeds up work. Easier to move around set, easier for others to get into set to make adjustments (food stylist, art director, prop stylist, assistant).

Ring Lights

The main function of the ring light is to lessen shadow and diffuse light evenly on the subject. Because of its ability to distribute light so evenly, it is great for close-up shots, whether photography or video. 

 

Ring lights emphasize detail and hide shadows simply by their inherent circular design. The soft light hides wrinkles and blemishes making it perfect for portraits and even make-up tutorials. Capturing such balanced light produces a halo around the subject, and illuminates features bringing a professional-level and cinematic look to the shot. YouTubers often use ring lights because they’re inexpensive and can enhance their facial features throughout the entire video. You can also get up close and personal with the ring light for macro work. Use a lens ring light to capture a more front focused light.

LED Panels (Diodes/ Soft Film)

Instead of adjusting your camera settings and your processing to your film, you can choose the LED lighting that fits your needs. LED lights for photography are available in either daylight or tungsten balance, as well as bi-color. While your eyes cannot always see the difference between one light and another, your camera can. By shooting with the right LED lighting, you can capture colors that look far more like they do in real life, saving you post-processing time later on.

 

Many LED lights are also dimmable and can be brightened or lowered by remote control, giving you more control over the brightness of the lighting you are using. RGB capable LED lights encourage users to boost their creative lighting techniques and experiment with unique light painting projects and interesting portrait lighting without the hassle of purchasing and switching out extra gel accessories.

Portable LED Diode Panels 

Flexible LED Panels 

Portable LED Diode Panels are made to give a constant source of illumination, unlike flashguns which provide light in a brief, intense burst. LED panels tend to offer different brightness and colour temperature options, allowing the user to set a very precise quality of light for the look of their shot and the ambient lighting conditions.

They fits in your hands making them readily portable. It's flexibility makes it suitable for a wide variety of applications.