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Thinking of picking up a small LED light array and a light stand for some portrait photography.

Is this stuff decent? Is it what I need?

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I've got that LED light and use it for video, it wouldn't be very good for portraits.
Your better off with a good flash and umbrella for that.
 

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Ok I see what your going for now, it gives a very soft look with some shadows.
It is a good light and comes with the screens, plus you can make some flags for it as well.
 

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Personally I want to give this cheap little unit a try:

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Good for macro and would also provide a nice soft light for portrait photography. However I barely do either of those so while I think it would be fun to work with ill just stick with my offboard flash.
 

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Thinking of picking up a small LED light array and a light stand for some portrait photography.

Is this stuff decent? Is it what I need?

LED light:
http://www.amazon.com/Dimmable-Digital-Camcorder-Panasonic-Samsung/dp/B004TJ6JH6/ref=pd_cp_p_0

Stand:
http://www.amazon.com/CowboyStudio-Photography-Light-Stands-Cases/dp/B001WB02Z4/ref=pd_sim_p_25
I personally do not like led lighting for portrait, reason being that unless you spend the big money- the leds tend to not put out the best color of light, and even with a diffuser or a reflector they can be uneven

but on the other note, they are much much cooler running and tend to keep subjects more comfortable
 

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Got the items and did a quick test.

Notes:

The LED array light Is pretty good. If you set it to max brightness it will REALLY light up anything within 6' or so. If you're within that range, I'd recommend dimming it.

The ring light is only really worthwhile up to 3 or 4 feet. away. It's probably best for close up stuff. You can turn on half of it at a time if you prefer.

The ring light will actually be visible in the shot at less than ~23mm on an APS-C camera.

The ring light power body mounts on your hot shoe, but since it doesn't NEED to be there, I velcro'd it to the bottom of my camera body so I can still have my external flash.

Brian in the shop, no flash, auto mode:




Ditto, but with ring light:


No flash:



Ring Light:




Ring Light:

 

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