Who uses supplemental lighting, and what kind?

Do you use supplemental lighting?

  • No thanks, I prefer available light

    Votes: 1 20.0%
  • I would, but I don't understand lighting

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Yeah baby, gimme some traditional flash

    Votes: 1 20.0%
  • Sure do, love me that continuous / LED

    Votes: 1 20.0%
  • Darn right, and I use flash AND continuous

    Votes: 2 40.0%

  • Total voters
    5

Artaius

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Something that always interests me is how many people light their photographs. I used to work with a photographic trainer and educator, so a big part of my life was hosting workshops to help people understand how to see, understand and manipulate light – which is, after all, the raw material of photography.

I'm curious to know how many people use supplemental light for their photos, and what kind of light you use – namely, whether it's traditional flash/strobes or continuous/LED lighting. If you don't use lighting, it would be interesting to see if that's because you prefer the qualities of ambient illumination or because you don't yet know how to integrate additional light into your photography.

No judgements, no right or wrong answers, just interested to know!
 
Nov 18, 2019
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usually available light since i mostly shoot landscapes. but when i shoot the rare event i use a flash. i've used a continuous light once or twice, but not enough to really count.
 
Nov 19, 2019
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Almost always natural light. But...

On camera - Nissin i40

Studio - 4 x Lastolite 400W Lumen8 heads, bounce brolleys and a big softbox.
 

rlawton

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Mostly natural light for me, but I do use a small LED light for indoor shooting of products and still lifes. It doesn't have the power of flash but I can see the effect straight away and move it around at will to change the light direction – I mount it on a mini-tripod.
 
Nov 18, 2019
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May I reply even if I don't have a mirrorless?

Any and all of the above, and then some. Depends on what I'm shooting and the effect I'm after. Or what I have available. I'm not picky. :)
 
Dec 12, 2019
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Natural light and reflectors if possible, followed by off camera flashes - Nikon CLS (Creative Lighting System) also with modifiers, then studio flashes with modifiers and occasionally simple table lamps (white balanced or fitted with daylight bulbs). Just bought some Chinese led panels but not used yet.
 

Artaius

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I've moved to an almost 100% LED setup these days. You can't beat the power of flash, and I'll always keep my family of speed lights for selective application, but right now I'm finding that LED covers everything I need (probably due in no small part to the fact that I'm shooting more and more video!).
 
Dec 12, 2019
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I've moved to an almost 100% LED setup these days. You can't beat the power of flash, and I'll always keep my family of speed lights for selective application, but right now I'm finding that LED covers everything I need (probably due in no small part to the fact that I'm shooting more and more video!).
An interesting reply Artaius.

Almost none of the many photographers I know also shoot video other than those that blog and create training videos for the internet etc. I know you do this as I have just this morning watched an interesting training video by you! However many of those I know and including myself and my wife have purchased led daylight balanced lights as they are very portable and especially useful for macro in the outdoors that often presents itself in dark and dingy places as well as tabletop photography when it just feels to much work to get studio flashes out!

For anyone considering LEDs do look for a CRI (Colour Rendering Index) above 95 if possible as this will give truer daylight colours.
 

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