A quick post to share with you my beautiful new light.
There have been A LOT of articles written about natural light verses artificial light. I’m not going to go into which is better and why because quite simply it should be what you’re comfortable using plus it always ends up in a debate and I’m way too busy for that 😉
Over the years I have used both flash and natural light and have always preferred to use natural. I’m just not a fan of large bursts of light on a newborn that could potentially cause a startling effect or you know yourself when a flash goes off in your face that your eyes take a little while to adjust afterwards. And then there are the parents who are trying to relax in the calm environment that I have created – I want them to be able to sit and enjoy watching the session without the impact of light every few minutes. But hey that’s me personally.
My studio is filled with amazing natural light, I have large sliding doors that are north east facing and I filter the light with sheer curtains to make it beautiful and soft for my baby photography. But when I travel for work I don’t often have the luxury of natural light which is why I have purchased the Jinbei EF 200 watt sunlight LED with the 50cm soft ball diffuser which is a continuous daylight balanced light. I can set up during a session the exact same way I would with a window.
After posting a picture on social media of my new light I had a few requests from photographers wanting to see some resulting images. So I thought I would share with you some photos of this handsome little man using both light sources to show you the results. I have also included pull back shots of both set ups.
I used large black sheets to block out the natural light for the Jinbei image and then turned the light off and pulled the black sheets down to use the window light. You don’t have to block out the windows as this light would also make a great fill light on low light days or for other similar scenarios. I just wanted to show the results using it on it’s own – the same way I would a window 🙂
Full details about the light with links to where you can find it are at the bottom of the post.
ARTIFICIAL LIGHT – shot with the Jinbei EF 200 watt sunlight LED
NATURAL LIGHT – Large windows to the right filtered with sheer curtains.
I will always love natural light and will continue to use it in my home studio but I’m so happy to have found a light that I can travel with that will allow me create beautiful soft light in any environment. The results are so similar to shooting with my large window. And I have to admit I love the little catchlight in his eye from the Soft Ball.
A few more details about the Jinbei EF 200 – it’s a 200watt light which equates too a 2K output in Tungsten. Unlike tungsten it is daylight balanced and extremely bright , you also have the ability to control the output from the camera with the optional transmitter. The light does NOT overheat because of its unique built in silent fan system, which is it’s best feature if you are shooting Video like I do as there is no noise. No other LED monbloc currently has this quiet fan. The Soft Light Ball is available in 30cm and 50cm and both give unique soft direct light as well as reflected.
I purchased mine from Protog and Tony Holden was more then helpful in finding the perfect light set up for my needs. If you have any questions you can drop him an email firstname.lastname@example.org or checkout their website – http://www.protog.com.au/buy/jinbei-monoblock-style-ef-200-watt-sun-light-led-5/JBEF200
Other items used during this shoot are…
Soft Ball Diffusor – Jinbei 50cm Soft Ball Diffusor with Bowens Mount
Light Stand – Jinbei 2.6m Air Cushioned Light stand JB2600FP
Felted wool and curls blanket by – Little Vintage Fox Prop Shop