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LED video light colour balance test

Here’s a quick test I did on the new LED video lights.

The video runs for about 10 minutes and demonstrates the colour output of the lights themselves plus that of the colour correction filters. I found the plastic CTO filter to be all but useless but the lights to be very good. They offer a good amount of light output and a pretty good daylight balance with a slight tendency to green. The “minus green” (pink) filter they provide cancels out most of this green tint though so I use it at all times, adding other gels over the top to colour the output.

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LED video lights unbox and quick test

I recently bought a pair of LED video lights and thought I would show my initial setup and testing.

The lights are pretty good and offer a good amount of light given the power source. The light is useful at up to about 8-10ft 2-3m with a reasonable exposure and ISO setting. I’ll add some further review details later once I spend a little more time with them.
For the moment, I can’t think of any other light I could get that would out-perform this simple £19 item.

 

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Ebook review: RABARI, Encounters with the nomadic tribe.

I recently read an e-book on travel photography called “RABARI, Encounters with the nomadic tribe” by Mitchell Kanashkevich. The publisher (Light Stalking) describe this as follows “The guide presents a unique opportunity to learn from real-life, practical examples and to go behind the scenes of the actual photo shoots of renowned travel and documentary photographer, Mitchell Kanashkevich.” That is a good description and one which is met perfectly.

This ebook is a series of excellent photographs along with a short story. Each story includes a description of the environment around the shot and covers how the photographer took advantage of these surrounding to achieve the resulting shot. Taking advantage of the surroundings varies from simply turning the subject to allow the sun to assist with the shot, through to asking the subject to sit in a particular place and allowing an assistant to bounce in some sunlight. After the photo is shot we are shown a simple breakdown of how the photo was processed in Photoshop. It is good to see a sample of the original image along with the processed version showing how far a little thought and processing can take a shot. Continue reading

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Monitor Calibration Chart.

When viewing images on your monitor it is very important to have your brightness and contrast settings correct. If your monitor is too bright or too dark you will be losing details in everything you view.

The following chart provides a basic check for calibration accuracy.

Monitor Calibration chart

Chart provided by Imaging Resource

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The power of light.

I recently had a conversation with someone who just started photography. He saw I was using a flash on my camera (bounced off the ceiling) and was curious as to why I did this, rather than “just turn on the lights.” When told the answer, he dismissed it as a pointless exercise. I needed evidence!

So here we are, the evidence. I took out a single flash and some AA batteries along with a pair of 500w halogen security lights (normally used in the studio for video work) and did some comparisons. Continue reading

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