View Full Version : $30 Creative Portrait Lighting

11-13-2005, 07:55 AM
I just picked up a 15 Watt portable video light, and I have been having a lot of fun using it for creative lighting during wedding/portrait sessions.

Here's the one that I bought: http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-Sunpak-15-Watt-Compact-Cordless-Video-Light-55-RL_W0QQitemZ7561367583QQcategoryZ43440QQssPageName ZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

It's rechargable, with an advertised 5 hour battery life (though I've never used it even close to that long), and small enough to fit in your pocket (is that a video light in your pocket stubby, or are you happy to see me). It has both a hotshoe mount and a tripod mount.

Here are a couple of images from my first outing with mine:

Pic 1. I had a guest hold the vid light about 3 feet above and slightly to the left of my model. No ps on the lighting (just a little to reduce the effects of the awful pose I placed her in).

Pic 2. I had my assistant hold the light about 3 feet above and behind the couple for a backlit silhouette.

These aren't the most powerful lights in the world, but for those of you looking for a cheap, portable, creative lighting solution, you might want to pick one or two of these up!

PS - Since these are "hot lights", they don't require a DSLR. though they are just weak enough that high ISO's are desirable. Move the light closer if it's too dark...