One of my most used Christmas presents this year is a Viltrox LED Light Panel. I picked it out after my wife said that my stepson was looking for something to buy for me. I am very hard to buy for because I don’t need much and if I do find something that I want it is too expensive for me or anyone else. So you can imagine how hard it was to come up with a good suggestion. I was very happy that it actually was a good suggestion because this light has proved to be quite useful.
I typically hate using a flash for photographing our cats, or anything else. About the only thing a flash is good for, in my opinion, is in photographing receipts. I hate the harsh shadows it creates and you just can’t avoid those laser eyes.
This light panel is not better than natural light but it does improve on the flash that comes on your camera in five significant ways.
- It has a much larger surface area than a flash so it does not produce the single direction light that causes harsh shadows. Of course, it is not as diffused as the large studio lights in a portrait studio but it is much more portable and less expensive.
- The color temperature can be changed to match the lighting conditions. If you are outdoors and need a fill light, you can set it to a higher color temperature to match the natural light. If you are indoors and want the warmer light that you get from incandescent bulbs or candle, you can turn down the color temperature to a warmer level.
- The brightness level can be set between 20% and 100% intensity. Sometimes I just need a little fill light and I don’t want my subjects to squint when I take their photo so I turn the level down to 40% or less.
- The light does not need to be attached to the camera so you can get extra light from whatever angle you need it to come from.
- By being constantly on, it gives the eyes a chance to dilate, thus reducing red eye or “laser eyes.”
I took the two photos below with the light attached to my camera. The first one of Chris sleeping on the sofa is a good example of how the light does not produce harsh shadows. I wish I had taken another photo using the camera’s flash but I did not think of it at the time.
This photo of Chris does have some obvious shadows, which were unavoidable given the content, but I have shot photos like this using a flash and they are almost always unusable. Pay no attention to Chris’s eye boogers. That has always been a constant problem with his eyes.
What do you think? Do you have any other lighting tips you would like to share?
I think that is a great idea! Now, if only I used something OTHER than my phone to take photos MOL!
That will work with your phone but you need to use both hands.
That seems like a great alternative to the flash but I sometimes do turn off the flash and just use daylight or room light………avoiding laser eyes is tough indeed.
I try to use room light as much as possible. Sometimes it works but sometimes the quality suffers.
That light panel seems to really help. We don’t like using the flash either.
It is great to have around when the light is not so good.
We try not to flash, the neighbors talk MOL! Seriously, that’s a pretty cool alternative!
You need new neighbors. 😁
This sounds awesome! Now my human wants one.
It’s cheap enough. I picked it because I didn’t want my stepson to spend too much money.
That’s great ! We don’t like using the flash either. Purrs
It does help sometimes.
that looks super great and we LOVE this idea!
I thought so too when I first saw it.
The pictures came out real good, and that is such a great invention 😸Pawkisses for a Happy Monday🐾😽💞
Louis Catorze is impossible to photograph so I don’t really have any tips, I’m afraid! Black cats can be tricky to photograph anyway as they are invisible if under-exposed and over-exposure shows every speck of dust, but we have the added problem of Catorze being inordinately unphotogenic and not liking posing for photos. 😳
I understand. I had two black cats and felt very lucky when I got a good photograph of them.
Thanks Dad is going to look into that