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Continuous or flash light

Posted On: Aug 16, 2019

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Popularity of LEDs for main use of lighting in studios and on cameras may raise the question if flash lighting is still useful.

For a lot of uses, like product photography, it may seem like the studio flash is loosing the battle. When studio owners are facing the need for new light sources, LEDs will probably will be on their radar. Still flash light still has som advantages over LED:

  • Short flash times. It is possible to freeze actions and prevent motion blur
  • A lot of power. Flashes can be used in combination with natural ambience light. Furthermore, a low ISO number can be used to diminish digital noise
  • When doing close-ups: because the ambient light can be lower, the subject can have larger irisses. ‘Larger’ eyes leads to more impactful portrets.
  • (still) a lot cheaper than continuous LED lighting.

Advantages of LED continuous lighting:

  • What you see is what you get; you can directly judge every change you make
  • LEDs can also be used for video lighting.

You see, there's no easy answer. It all depends on what you are going to use your light source for.

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