Constant LEDs for still shots
Posted 06 July 2013 - 09:19 AM
I just purchased some ds161's is the video light bright enough to shoot stills with?
Posted 06 July 2013 - 11:37 PM
Video lights work up to 1/100-1/125 shutter speed faster shutter speeds result in blurred images
If you put a pair of 4000 lumens light on a macro subject you are likely to scar it as fish tolerate more the rapid pulse of a strobe then continuous light
Posted 07 July 2013 - 07:34 AM
From my experience, a 1400 lumen light is just right for macro video and photo. The 1400 lumen light can light up area up to 5 ft in front of you, yet for anything closer, you won't bind them as long as you don't point the light directly at them.
There is however a draw back to use video light for photo, that is you would burn through battery very fast. Battery for a strobe should last about 200+ photos, while if you have the video light on the whole time, it will last about 1 dive. Of course you can turn on the video light when you need to take photo to conserve battery, but then it could be a pain to turn the video light on and off so often, especially if you have a twist type video light.
Posted 09 July 2013 - 07:54 AM
In the non underwater world, a lot of photographers are leaving the old studio strobes behind and moving to LED panels. See Kirk Tuck (Visual Science Lab Blog) for details. I think that for many macro subjects you can get buy with relatively high powered LED lights instead of strobes if you take care with local white balance, but I think shooting at f:16 at 1/250 will need strobes.
Canon 7d, Nauticam, Lots of glass, Olympus OMD-EM5, Nauticam, 60 macro, 45 macro, 8 mm fisheye, Inon, S&S, Athena Strobes plus lots of fiddly bits.
Posted 06 August 2013 - 06:35 AM