The cheapness continues … We’ve all been faced with it, whether it’s an indoor shoot or a late night spot news scene: Available Darkness Photography. If you come from the stills side, you pull out your speedlight and start bouncing light off of ceilings, walls, houses – whatever you can find.

But what do you do in video? The little pocket video cameras we carry have terrible low-light sensitivity, so we need to bring a little sun with us.

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You can pick up that Opteka VL-126 direct from them or from many of the online sites. That Adorama L-bracket with two shoe mounts is available online, as well.

If you’ve got a tip, if you’ve got a trick, if you’ve got a widget, if you’ve got a gadget that you think everybody else in the industry should know about, send me some information on it and I’ll get it out there.

2 Responses to “Learning Light: Cheap LED Light”

  1. Mark,

    Excellent video on Zi8 lighting. I am going to check out your lighting recommendations.

    I have used a small SIMA LED with a Zi8 side bracket to give some fill light, but I found this generates shadow around the face in low light conditions. Also the talent found the closeness of the light and camera to be a bit uncomfortable to look at.

    Do the Opteka lights you recommend generate enough output to be used in a 2 or 3 point interview lighting set-up, or are they really just for some low-light fill?

    Thanks again for your thoughts.

  2.   Mark E. Johnson

    Pieter –

    I’ve used them at about three feet and they’re okay, beyond that the quantity of light falls off and the light source ends up pretty small in relationship to the subject, giving you a pretty hard light. I haven’t tried bouncing one into an umbrella … hmmm … something to play with.

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