For Conversations with Creatives, I do quite a few interviews outside RCTV’s studios when artists visit (i.e. interviews with artists from ROCO’s Brooklyn Bridge Exhibit or with Arvel Bird) or when I go to their studio (i.e., interview with Peter Jemison or with Mark Groaning), for example. I really like using natural light, when possible. I like the natural look that comes when I place my subject facing a window, for example. In some situations and locations, that just won’t work. Often, even with natural lighting, the visuals would benefit from the “bump” some subtle additional lighting would give.
So I’ve been investigating LED lighting options, because they are more compact and lighter weight, which is important because I am usually shooting solo, and try to reduce the amount of equipment I have to transport. They also generate less heat, which is helpful when you want to pack up your equipment and zip out the door, so as not to interfere with your subject’s next meeting.
I found the enormous variety of options for LED lighting more than a little intimidating, and ran into many warnings about light flicker, uneven lighting, poor color integrity, etc., to the point that I was beginning to wonder whether LED’s were really a good solution for filming video.
Fortunately, there was some great information online about options, in the form of some helpful video reviews, so I’ve included those I found here. If you know of others, please leave them in the comments section. I’ve included the ones I found that are most helpful, even if they are reviewing only one product, or are comparing several, because the process of the review or comparison gives great insight into the elements and specifications to consider in choosing LED lighting.
- Review: Aputure HR672 LED light from TubeShooterMag
- Small LED Light Panel Showdown by Dave Dugdale
- Small LED Light Shoot Out Part 2: ikan Amaran and CN-160 by Dave Dugdale
- LED Light Comparison and Overview of : Aputure Light Storm vs HR672 VS Yongnuo 600L by Tim Kyle Photography
- LED Lighting Guide & Aputure Lightstorm Review – DSLR Cinematography Tips by Ugly McGregor
Please note: RCTV, its staff, board, management or the author of this article do not endorse any particular lighting options, company or brand of lighting equipment. This post is simply to share information about the various considerations in choosing LED lighting, in order to assist in wise decision making on choice of lighting.
by Carol White Llewellyn