LED lights Tag

Lume-Cubic, that is - the metal-cased powerhouse of an LED light for the still or video person. We've had them for sale before and we've got them now and they are a remarkably good thing. Four sides of this sealed cube are doing something - a 1/4" tripod mount, a recharge socket cover, two buttons for on/off, intensity, or flash effect, and one big old LED on the front - this is one of the larger panels that is a single chip inside a lens. The intensity button has 10 steps and off. It is just that simple. As with all the other tests, except where noted, this was run at full power. This light has no temperature control. But it is infinitely tougher that the other panels - it can go underwater and take quite a tumble. And what of the results? Colder - decidedly colder. LR says it is pushing out light at 5050ºK. I think you might consider either filtering it or setting a permanent bias in LR to about 6700ºK to get a good human shot. You can get filtering...

Stepping up in size, weight, and sophistication, we come to the Phottix Nuada S LED panel. Here we gain more lights, a removable battery and separate charger, a tiltable hot-shoe connector, and the ability to change both light output and colour temperature. The light output and CT change are controlled by one back knob that has a press-in function as well. Note the battery charge indicator - all good things to know. BTW, the metal stand under this panel is not part of the kit - it's a Gitzo quick release plate that acts as a studio prop. The first two shots in this sequence were the 5600º K and AWB tests, and the last one is the 3300º K test with the camera set to do that colour temperature. I call the first two near as dammit and the 3300º ˚ just slightly yellower...

First LED panel off the rank is one of the smaller variety - the 0Amaran ALM9 from Aputure. It comes with a detachable front diffuser, a grey filter, a hot mount clamp, and a USB charging cord - all packed in a padded case with a carabiner to attach to your belt. It's tiny and light, but features a couple of multi-step power buttons on one edge. The charging time was indeterminate as I plugged it and another panel in and went to bed. Okay - here's rundown on the two tests done in the studio - it was completely dark and no walls close to affect the light as it went from the camera position to the test stand. The distance was about 2 metres - an average sort of place to be taking digital pictures from. The first test was to shoot with ISO 800 and as close to f:8 as could be maintained. The shutter was left to operate itself with a the camera using a spot metering pattern The camera was the regular studio Fujifilm X-T2 on a stand. This...

Okay, This is a fun product. If you are authorised to have fun you may continue reading. If you have received a cease and desist order from the fun police please continue on with another blog post. We'll be running one on responsible behaviour later in the month.The Lume Cube is a sealed light that can be used to take pictures with whatever action camera or smart mobile device you might have. When we say sealed we really mean sealed - the manufacturer cautions you not to open the back since if you do the warranty will leak away. Otherwise you are free to take the thing diving to 100 ft.Inside the case is an LED light - an extremely bright one - a battery, and enough electronics to control it through 10 steps of  steady illumination and a flash mode as well. You can pump the thing up and down manually with two control buttons on the top or use a Bluetooth - equipped device and an App to fiddle with it remotely.This latter option will also give you...

I'm really regretting not getting busy a little earlier in the year and building the box of scale model cactus I bought at the hobby shop - I would have gone all-out with a desert scene and stranded campers.We first saw Rotolight about four years ago when it was introduced as a macro light for field use. It looked like a novelty ( well it is novel...

 For the last year I have been shifting a number of interesting boxes from Cullmann around the shop shelves. The studio support sets come in various sizes - from basic to humongous with every camp known to man - and up to now I have never experimented with them. And normally I try everything that is lying around undisturbed. Ask some day about the container of hydrochloric acid and the pool chlorine...