By June 6, 2013 0 Comments

Learning to Work With LEDs for Still and Moving Portraits

Working your way into Hybrid Photography with LED lights offers many advantages for the photographer. Lighting with continuous lights is intuitive with easier and faster set-ups. Catching an expression with continuous lighting instead of the big strobe pop makes a photo session feel much more relaxed for my clients (especially kids). This also ads a more spontaneous quality to my photography.

And, most of all, my clients are really excited about hybrid photography therefore I need to be up and running as soon as possible.

However we also need to learn how to control the color of LEDs. Already I have learned that the CRI of my lights needs to be high for me to be happy with the color. There is a bit of a learning curve here.

Watch and see how I am progressing with learning LEDs and please feel free to share your questions or comments.

About the Author:

Joe Smithberger is a commercial photographer working in Canton, Ohio. Joe has spent the past 20+ years working with a diverse mix of clients – from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies - and communicating their stories through his photographic images. He graduated from Ohio State University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1985. After 12 years as a design engineer, he turned his love of photography into a full-time endeavor when he opened Smithberger Photography in 1991. Smithberger Photography, Inc. specializes in commercial, editorial, industrial, and architectural photography and serves a wide range of industries including Advertising, Health Care, Manufacturing, and Professional Services. In addition to shooting for clients Joe is also busy teaching Photoshop, Lightroom, and Photography classes at Stark State College in Canton and can be found playing music with various groups around town. Although he is new to Hybrid Imaging, he hopes to bring his experience as a Pro Photographer, Musician, and Teacher to bear in working through the land mines of this new technology.

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