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December 19, 2013
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Lighting for Video: LEDs

What is LED lighting and how does it differ from traditional lighting methods? Should you consider LED lights for your video productions? In this video tutorial we’ll answer these questions and more!

Lighting for Video

More and more, LED lights are making their way into video shoots. They’re relatively inexpensive, lightweight/portable and require little power. In this tutorial I show you a few examples of popular LED lighting instruments, and how you can make the best use of them on set.

LED lighting instruments are made up of a bank of small LED lights (sometimes over 1,000 per panel). They’re known for being a highly efficient form of lighting, with some LED panels running soley on battery power. This, coupled with the fact they are usually quite lighweight, make them ideal for ‘run and gun’ or ‘one man band’ shoots.

There is one ‘gotcha’ for LED lights that you need to watch out for. Although LED panels will often last for 1,000s of hours, the color will shift over time (this is especially true for lower cost LED lights). To remedy this try applying some minus green filtration to the front of the light to offset the color shift.

LED lighting technology is getting better and cheaper all the time, so expect to see more and more pros adopting LEDs in their production work.

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  • Bob

    What’s the name of the music track you use in the titles on this video?

  • Kristen Keith

    Hi Danny. I really appreciate your video! I’m looking for a portable light system to shoot interviews on the go. The smaller the lighting kit the better. The first LED light (the smallest) would be the perfect size to travel with. How many do you think I would need to properly light an interview? (For example: How many of the small LED lights would you need to light your video?) I will be in similar sized spaces and looking for the same quality. I know it’s probably not ideal to use small lights, but I’ll be flying and need to carry these on and my kit is nearly full. I’d like to fit whatever lighting setup I buy, into a backpack. My pelican case is my carryon, along with my tripod case, and well that’s already pushing TSAs limits :) . Thanks for any help you might be able to provide!

    • http://Premiumbeat.com/ Danny Greer

      Hi Kristen. Thanks for checking out the video! Will you be using a mix of natural light and the LED light? If this is the case you may be able to get by with just a small LED in most situations. The Lowell Blender might be a good fit for what you need. Check out this link for more info and examples on-location: http://www.lowel.com/edu/lesson_blender.html It’ll make the interviewee ‘pop’ a bit on camera.

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