Video lights versus strobe
Posted 18 June 2002 - 11:12 PM
One of these questions is around lighting color.
If (?) colour is the main issue would it therefore be considered that a video light of equal color to a strobe (and equivalent power) would render the same picture as using a strobe?
I have been advised by a freind to buy two Ikelite vdo lights (and dump my SS 90) and I will get equal picture quality plus be able to use the camera's (4040) Aperture Priority mode with more ease and be able to redirect light to create interesting lighting effects more simply.
My quandry is will this work? I figure if its so simple then why is not everyone doing it - but do not know enough to answer my own query.
Posted 19 June 2002 - 01:18 AM
The main issue is control over the balance of ambient light vs strobe light in your photos. Because the strobe duration is only about 1/1000 seconds or less, the ratio of the blue ambient light to the strobe light, which is what give your subjects bright colors, can be controlled with shutter speed adjustments. You will loss that degree of freedom if you go with video light.
It may be possible to get good macro shots with video lights, but I doubt that you'll be able take good wide angle shots that way.
Canon 5D; Aquatica housing; 2 Inon Z220 strobes; Canon 100mm macro, 17-40mm ; Sigma 15mm FE, 24mm macro, 50mm macro
Posted 19 June 2002 - 04:51 AM
My photographs improved about 1000% when I started using a strobe.
A video light is not much use for anything >1foot away - everything will appear blue or have a blue/green cast to it.
They do have their time/place (night dives they are nice) but I would recommend you keep your strobe.
Dual Ikelite Strobes
Photo site - www.reefpix.org
Posted 26 June 2002 - 04:20 AM
Posted 26 June 2002 - 07:17 PM
The advice is really appreciated and has saved me making what would be a mistake (even though the majority of what I "attempt" to shoot is macro, I do not plan things - I like to rattle off shots at everything - so this advice has saved me some hard earned cash.