LED lights are quickly replacing incandescent and fluorescent lights at home and in the workplace. LED lighting is now moving into studios and quickly becoming the preferred lighting option for photographers. LED lighting in photography opens up picture perfect options with a wide array of control and color options.
The First Use of LED Lighting in Photography
Alessandro Barteletti recently had a photograph published on the cover of National Geographic Italia thanks to LED lights and quick thinking. Barteletti was tasked with the mission to create a photo diary of Paolo Nespoli, the first 60-year-old astronaut to go on a six-month-long expedition.
While photographing Nespoli in a Russian module simulator, the light on Barteletti’s Nikon D3 died. With only a few minutes left to shoot, Barteletti used the LED flashlight on his iPhone to light the scene. He strategically placed the iPhone light between two panels near the astronaut, resulting in two landscape shots and two portrait shots. This story has inspired many photographers to switch to LED light bulbs.
Using LED in photography
Barteletti’s quick-thinking has opened up the option of using LED light in professional photography. LED lights are available in a variety of colors and intensities. Photographers can take advantage of the wide-range of LED light bulbs instead of changing camera settings and processing their film.
Many LED light bulbs are dimmable and allow control over the brightness. LED lights are available in tungsten, daylight, and bi-color, allowing for a wide-range of lighting options. The correct LED lighting can mimic the colors in real life. While this is not obvious to the naked eye, the difference is noticeable to the camera. This can save photographers time in post-processing.
LED light bulbs are available in both warm and cool color temperatures, providing photographers with a variety of color lighting options. LED lights low in Kelvin (less 3,500K) are considered warm lights and give off a soft, yellowish-orange glow. LED lights high in Kelvin (higher than 6,000K) are considered cool lights and they provide bluish-white light.
Tungsten light bulbs
Tungsten light bulbs are commonly used in photography to provide pictures with warm light. Tungsten light can be advantageous to photography since they can make daylight shots look like nighttime. LED lights can offer the same tungsten light benefits as incandescent bulbs. The only difference is that LED light bulbs cost less, use less energy, and don’t heat up after extended use.
When switching to an LED light bulb, look for wattage. LED light bulbs are stronger than the typical incandescent bulbs. If you usually use a 30-watt incandescent bulb for your photographing needs, a 5 watt LED bulb provides similar effects.
LED light panels
Light panels are boxes with arrays of light used to provide continuous light in photography. With continuous light, photographers can see how light affects the subjects of their photographs in real time.
LED light panels are perfect for photography, because LED light bulbs do not give off heat. This allows photographers to place light panels close to their subjects without risk of injury or discomfort. Photographing food can be difficult, but LED lights provide the solution. Thanks to LED light, food can be exposed to light from any distance without the risk of damage due to heat exposure.
LED Lighting is Picture Perfect
LED lighting in photography is just another way LED is transforming the future and revolutionizing lighting solutions. Visit an LED light store and ask lighting experts about the different types of benefits LED lights can provide for you, whether it’s for your home or for your photography business. Start taking better pictures with LED light, today!