PETER’S TOP TIPS FOR USING LEDS IN BRIGHT CONDITIONS
1 Establish the correct exposure
Set the camera controls to capture the ambient light before introducing any additional light source. The camera here was set to 1/250sec at f/8, ISO 100. The aim was to place Malcolm in the shadow between the bars of reflected light as if lit by them.
2 Key light setting
Set the key light to full power, as you will be competing with a brightly lit scene. LEDs are unlikely to be too powerful in a daylight scene so this is a good starting point. For brighter situations, the Anova PRO 2 will be ideal as it’s more powerful. Turning the left hand dial will activate the power settings.
3 Light placement
Move the lights in close to the subject until the correct exposure is obtained. In this shot, one AEOS produced a nice illumination at 2-3ft away from the subject’s face with a Honeycomb Louvre attached. Without this it could be positioned further away but with an uncontrolled spread.
4 Framing: portrait
Obviously you’ll want to frame the image without the lights in shot. In this scenario I have chosen a portrait-shaped head shot with a touch of blue sky for interest.
5 Framing: landscape
It is often required in editorial to offset the subject to either avoid the gutter of the magazine or to leave room for text over the picture. This is handy in our case because again we need to crop out the closely placed light, which is just off to the right of frame.