DIY Video and Photography Projects

25Feb F&V K4000s Bi-Color (Color Adjustable) LED Video Light Kit


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For those who are still shopping for a set of affordable LED video light panels, here is a closer look at the F&V K4000/ K4000s Bi-Color LED Studio Panel 3 Light Kit.

The K4000/K4000s LED Lights can be powered by V-mount battery, 3.5mm DC input, or by a more robust V-mount to AC wall adapter. [...]

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23Feb UPRtek MK350 vs Asensetek Lighting Passport – LED Spectrometers


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I’ve been researching various Light Meters capable of measuring LED or other artificial lights. We’re not talking about your basic exposure type light meter, we’re talking about ones that can read Spectrum, CRI, LUX, etc. In hand, they are simple tools to operate, but yet everything on the market is still quite expensive. I poked [...]

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19Dec Sony RX100 Mark II Portable Macro Setup


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Here’s something fun I was playing with earlier, which could be of interest to those who travel with small cameras but want a little more out of them. In this setup, i’m adding a Raynox Ultra Macro Adapter to the RX100 Mark II. Since this version has a hot shoe, why not throw on a [...]

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11Dec Dracast 160 LED Video Light – Product Giveaway


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Today Dracast is giving away a free LED 160 ON CAMERA VIDEO LIGHT- DAYLIGHT 5600K. You can register for this product giveaway on the Swivex website (Click Here).
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The Dracast LED160 is a compact, high-powered, battery operated camera-mountable lighting fixture for indoor and outdoor shooting. Continuous lighting is becoming a favored option among photographers and [...]

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21Nov V-Mount Adapter for Sony L Series NP-F Batteries


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Getting started with V-Mount batteries is not a cheap investment. Even the cheapest V-Mount Battery + Charger Kit can easily run you well over $300+ Dollars. If you’re looking to power up camera gear with a V-Mount battery, here’s a closer look at a more affordable option using this adapter that can accept two common [...]

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12Nov 312 / 508 / 876 LED Video Light Overview


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Based off of the same body that can be powered off a single Sony NP-F style camcorder battery, the 312 / 508 / 876 LED Video Lights can offer truly ‘off-the-grid’ shooting using some of the cheapest rechargeable batteries available.

I recently received the 876 LED Video light to test out, so I thought i’d put [...]

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17Sep KOLL Solari LED Spot Flood Fresnel Video Lights


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Have you ever tried adding a snoot to your LED Video Light to obtain a nice spot? This might work to prevent spill, but it doesn’t truly refocus the light output or improve throw distance. You can find plenty of halogen style lights, but the best thing about LED Lighting is low power consumption, low [...]

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22Jul Aputure Amaran AL-528w LED Video Light – Product Giveaway


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The Aputure LED Video lights come in three different models. The AL-528W is an all daylight color temp rated at 5500K and throws a 75 degree beam angle.The AL-528S is an all daylight color temp rated at 5500K but throws only at a 25 degree beam angle (spotlight type effect). The AL-528C throws at the [...]

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12Jun UPDATE: Cheesycam Independent LED Video Light Test Project


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Remember a short while back I mentioned I was working on a personal project to perform some independent LED Video Light Tests? Well here’s a small update on where this project is at.
The image below (computer screen shot) are various different LED video lights I have laying around shot with exactly the same settings. [...]

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04Jun DIY Wireless Million Color LED Video Lights


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A simple tip to making a boring background interesting is to add a bit of color. Instead of using colored gels, i’m actually using color changing LED lights. You can see an example of how I’ve added a blue wash on the background with my FREE Manfrotto Monopod Give Away video (below). The best [...]

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30May Aputure Amaran AL528W AL528S AL528C LED Video Light Tests


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Here’s an unboxing of the new Aputure Amaran 528 LED Video lights along with a few tests to show the difference in spread (diffusion) and light output. [Note: The readings on the C-500 Light Meter may not be accurate with the full spectrum of LED lighting, but should provide a baseline for comparison between the [...]

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28May Independent LED Video Light Test Project – Teaser


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Ever wonder how your LED light compares to others on the market? 600 LEDs? 1200 LEDs? Adjustable Color Temp? 5600K? CRI? 2200 Lux? Yadda Yadda Yadda… There’s a few dozen LED video lights on the market, but i’m not sure if there are true standards in which they are being tested before the specs are [...]

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14May Aputure LED Video Light Panels 528w 528s 528c


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I was curious to test out the new Aputure LED Video light panels, and so I reached out to Aputure to send over this package of 3 different portable LED Video lights. Within these three boxes sit the 528w, 528c, and 528s LED Light Panels waiting to be unboxed.

Aputure AL-528W LED Video Light [...]

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18Feb 72 Super Spot Beam LED Video Light Panel


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Chris writes in and shares a video about a few unusual LED Video Light Panels. The difference with these panels compared to others is that it has a very tight spotlight effect and is advertised as a ‘Super Spot Beam’ LED light with only a 15 degree spread. Most LED panels attempt to spread at [...]

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11Feb Yongnuo YN-300 LED Video Light Test


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Here’s a follow up video about the new Yongnuo YN-300 LED Video Light shared to us by Vimeo member Dzygit. This was an LED light that was posted on this blog a few weeks back, and you can find more comments from other users at the original article (click here).
The tests basically show variable [...]

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02Jan DL-DV1300 High Power LED Video Light


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Peter writes in and shares a find on a strange new LED video light [Thanks Peter]. The DL-DV1300 Video light works on 6 high power LEDs and claims it has the same output as a typical 300 LED video light. This new DL-DV1300 video light is dimmable, comes with a typical diffuser, tungsten colored filter, [...]

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