Without the appropriate lighting your photography may become blurred, with all kinds of noise, when the auto focus doesn’t work accurately.
On the one hand, LED photo light is created for those, who like to have absolute control over the shooting process, and know how to arrange the light correctly and how to use the special equipment to get the desired result.
On the other hand, if it is easier for you to get used to the current conditions, rather than create your own, it will be more difficult for you to use LED lights.
5 Best LED Lights for Photography
Before buying LED lights, read more about their characteristics and where it’s better to use them. Here are my short reviews of five modern LED lights kits for photographers that I recommend.
1. NanGuang Flexible LED Light Panel CNST288C/2
- Filterless construction makes color temperature altering fast and easy
- One-year guaranty
- Perfect design for storing in small places
- Haven’t’ been found
You don’t have to buy an external soft box, because this led panel photo light itself will give your photos soft illumination without harsh light. Rotate the rear color knob to customize the light from 3200K to 5600K.
When you use these panel LED lights for portraits, you can install them near each other in a 60x60cm set, which is supported by a tubular frame and Velcro attachment straps, or there also is a 120×30 cm frame in case you want to take full-length photos.
The panels weight only a few hundred grams, but when they are installed in the frame, their weight growth up to almost two kilograms, although it is still respectable, taking into account the big surface area.
2. Neewer 14″ LED Ring Light
- Shoe adapter that fits most DSLRs
- The soft tube for free light rotation
- High-quality, plastic Color Filters
- Stable color temperature
- Lacks instruction manual
Buy these led lights if you need portrait photos very close to true color. Highly recommended for YouTube bloggers.
Neewer 14” LED ring perfectly fits small cameras and iPhones. This ring light is powered by a battery and is regulated by the on/off button. The plug in wire is quite short. Switch it on and adjust brightness.
The kit contains diffusion filters, camera adapter, iPhone adapter, a lightweight, but tall stand, the remote control and carry bag. Although this light kit is small, you will find all you need there.
This set doesn’t take up much space and it breaks down easily.
3. SAMTIAN 160 LED Video Light Kit
- 8 levels of light dimming
- 3200/5500K color temperature
- Long battery life
- Too small carry bag
With two white and orange filters and brightness dimming from 10% to 100%, you may simply adjust the brightness and color temperature to get the desired studio lighting environment.
This is a low price LED photography lighting kit. It comes with 2 little LED light panels, 2 short stands, and batteries. That is quite a good set for less than $100! The light panels are 6×4 inches big, with a 1-inch housing and lights stands.
Thanks to its little size, you can install one light on a camera with the supplied hot shoe mount. These light panels are also lightweight, even with the fixed batteries and it is one more advantage as they are easy to mount on big cameras.
The light panels are simple to change, and they come with a diffusing filter that makes the light softer.
4. ikan iLED312-V2 2-Point Bi-Color Flood Light Kit
- Adjustable color temperature
- Integrated dimmer
- 60-degree beam angle
- Comes with adapters, batteries and charges
- You can remove diffusion gel filter
- Quite expensive
- Cuts much light because of the grid
This LED lights for photography set includes 2 8.25×4.5×1.7-inch Bi-Color panels which enable you to set the color balance from 3200 to 5500K in order to fit the surrounding conditions of your studio photo shoot.
The panels are AC/DC which means you may use the included power adapters to plug them in a wall outlet. The kit contains 4 batteries, a charger, and a shoe mount for on-camera usage, which ensures absolute mobility.
Moreover, this panel lights come with 4-way barn doors that allow you to regulate the 60° beam spread, and a kit case help store and carry all this stuff.
5. Rotolight AEOS
- Very soft light
- For beauty selfies
- Convenient to transport
- Additional filters
- Expensive additional battery
This light kit is created for studio shooting, although it also has a pair of strong metal handles in case you have an assistant who can help you out and hold it. There is also a 1.4 kg and 30cm diameter for more convenient shooting.
The maximal power capacity is literally “eye-watering” 5750 lux at 3ft, and the color temperature of the light source varies from a warm 3150K to a daylight-balanced 6300K.
The main advantage of this LED photography lighting kit is its top quality and, in addition, a high color rendering index which is more than 96. On a rear display, you can easily read such characteristics as a current light intensity and temperature, both adjusted by control dials.
Push them to get AEOS’s additional features such as High-Speed Sync flash mode and specific effects that will help you imitate flickering fire and emergency vehicle lighting.
By using an underwater photography light system, divers can improve the sharpness, color saturation and clarity of their photos. Modern digital cameras, both DSLR and compact, are equipped with advanced focus systems, but they need to detect contrast and have a certain amount of light on the subject to work correctly. This is where a focus light comes in.
Divers have a wide variety of underwater focus lights to choose from, and each brand comes with its own unique features. However, the wide variety of light options on the market makes it quite a chore to decide which light to purchase. Here, we narrow things down with the top 3 underwater photography focus lights.
Sola Dive 800 & 1200
Sola dive lights are popular for their light weight, small size and easy operation. The availability of both flood and spot lights makes them perfect for diving. Both can be used as focus lights depending on the type of shot the diver is trying to get.
Light & Motion GoBe Light
The GoBe light is not only affordable, but also very lightweight. Because the light enables divers to swap out the light heads for different effects, the GoBe is a great light for newer photographers. It is also perfect for seasoned photographers who want light for a particular purpose or those who prefer all-in-one products.
I-Torch Venom 50
I-Torch has become very popular for creating powerful lights housed in a compact aluminum. The Venom 50 is a great option as a focus light as well as a video light. It has great features such as a 120-degree beam angle, 5000 lumens of brightness, 5 power modes and a battery power level indicator.
In conclusion, a good underwater photography focus light should be small and have a high capacity battery, but look for lights that have as much flexibility and versatility as possible.