Technique Thursday: video light

Controlling the light in a dark shooting situation is both tricky and imperative. As a wedding photographer, I find myself constantly frustrated by the unpredictability of flash when shooting at receptions, so the day I picked up a video light was a good one. It gives me solid control over the direction of my light & makes metering a piece of cake (especially when shooting, well, cake!). We are excited to share this collection of portraits captured with the use of video light this week!

Becky Earl

I like to mix video light with natural light. It gives a pretty off camera flash look. Mixed with just a little natural light it can act as a lightweight, much more affordable and compact fill light.

Kjrsten Madsen

For this image, I was just messing around with my daughter and a video light. I had a few frames left on a roll to burn, and we had the lights off in her room, save one small desk lamp, and shooting at 1.4 1/60th. The film was kodak bw400cn (and even more super geeky info: canon EOS 3 and 50 1.2 lens) then I just put it all together in a quadtych!
I like to use a video light for indoor portrait and I typically shoot it with Ilford Delta 3200. I usually don’t meter it in situations like this.  There’s very little ambient, so I know with my video light at full power and that film stock, I shoot it at 1/60 @ 2.8 and develop normal.
And for those wedding & detail photogs out there, we’ve got a couple great examples of detail shots with a video light from Jonathan Canlas!
Both of these are Kodak Portra 400, metered at f/2 and 1/60th. The video light is held off camera by an assistant: the cupcake is directly backlit, while the light for the brownie is held at my 2 o’clock.

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