Every videographer knows that LED lighting fixtures feature significant improvements over older lighting technology, especially in the category of on-camera lights. First, they last much longer and are fairly resistant to shocks when compared to incandescent bulbs. Second, they are very efficient and produce less heat.
In this B&H Video, Mia McCormick highlights a few on-camera video lights that can also be used off-camera for enhanced lighting control. She begins by walking us through some points to consider before purchasing a light as well as the importance of knowing your requirements for wattage output, power sources, intended location and needed durability to determine what light is best for you.
Way back—five years ago—if you shot video, you used a video camera, and if you shot photographs, you used a still camera. Today, that distinction is all but meaningless. Almost every video camera today captures stills, and virtually every still camera now shoots video.
Nikon’s newly released flagship flash unit, the SB-910 AF Speedlight, is the successor to the SB-900 and features a wealth of new updates for additional convenience and control over your lighting setup.
Professional video certainly isn’t what it was at the dawn of the Betacam era, or even what it was 10 years ago, and overall that’s for the best—your current camera options are smaller and less expensive, and they produce higher-quality images.
Do you have the ability to control the zoom on your camera when you’re doing a jib shot? Do you need an on-camera battery for your Panasonic AF100 that will give you longer runs between battery changes? If you’re looking to accessorize a video camera with pro-level upgrades, the German manufacturer bebob is a brand worth checking out.