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Smaller Solutions - Part Four The business of supplying constant light for video recording is not just confined to the studio with big panels, soft boxes, or banks of light. It can also be needed out in the field. Two Phottix products currently on the Stirling Street roster would seem to be very elegant answers to the problem. I noted them on the floor and again up in stock in the storeroom. a. The Phottix Nuada P is a 250mm x 100mm soft LED panel on front and a digital control on the back . Colour temperature can be adjusted between 3300º Kelvin and 5600º Kelvin with a power output of 860 Lux. Small and intimate, it would be ideal for vlogging and other close encounters. There is a shoe mount on the bottom as well. Note that the light has been attached to the shop display rack with the Phottix umbrella mount. This is an all-metal bracket that is very good value for money and contains a number of safety features like spring buttons to prevent you dropping the lights at an inadvertent...

Portable LED lights have transformed the way lighting is used in photography. They’re small, lightweight, and portable enough to be carried around anywhere you’d like. You can also mount these lights anywhere you wish and immediately illuminate the frame. Along with these benefits, the new-age LED lights are cost-effective too.   Portable LED lights are powerful and offer a range of features, including Bluetooth connectivity for superior control and customisation. Whether you’re into photography or videography, the quality of your content will be instantly enhanced with an LED light. Therefore, it is undoubtedly the right time to add LED lights to your kit.      Depending on your requirements, there are a wide variety of LED lights out there. The smaller LED lights are more beneficial for smaller studios, and you wouldn’t have to compromise and settle for the bigger ones. All you need is a single or group of LED lights, and you’re good to go.   Investing in suitable quality LEDs is essential. After all, it is the lighting that can make or break your photos. We’ve chosen some of the best-LED models out there....

You may recall the movie or the song, but remember that every studio needs stands. Camera Stands, light stands, hot dog stands. ( well photography makes you hungry. ) General Custer used to make stands, but his last one was somewhat of a failure. I went looking in the Stirling Street shop for economical stands for the new video venture. Not for me - I have 6 or 8 Manfrotto light stands of various types and they have never failed me. I have a Gitzo tripod that is the same - and a home made studio stand that hasn't fallen over yet. I'm okay - it's my dancer model who needs to build up a dance studio set at her own home. And not at high prices. Could we do it? a. A tripod is needed. I don't care what the adverts show you about putting a mobile phone on a light stand - if you have to support it on the ground and it has to be at least up to navel height, you need a proper tripod.   The INCA tripod I discovered...

Do we all love the household trade pavilion at the Royal Show? I know I do - you can have the midway rides and the petting zoo - give me the spruikers demonstrating tomato slicers any day. If I miss out on seeing the Miracle Window Cleaner take half a kilo of margarine off a sheet of glass I reckon I haven't been to the show. And it's not just for the benefit of the rural seeds - I'm standing there gawping along with them. I get my Jethro on...

Not that I am suspicious of every lighting accessory that I come across but it pays to be wary in the studio. A little time taken setting up means a lot less time sitting at the computer moving sliders. The Phottix Nuada panels were new in the store room so I bagged one and brought it home in the latest test batch. They are intended for portable video lighting but the temptation to turn one onto a model car was irresistable. Students of geometry on the tabletop will calculate that this panel is roughtly like having a giant softbox in a portrait studio.  It pumps out far more light than the standard IKEA planet lamps.                 The battery is the familiar Sony-style NP-F550 with a battery charger that plugs into a USB port. I only gave it about 10 minutes juice but had enough in it by then to go up to full power for the table shoot. The specs say that you could get 100 minutes on a full charge at 100% power, so that is pretty impressive. The panel has a...