Led Lighting: Professional Techniques for Digital Photographers will help photographers navigate the transition from traditional flash and hot lights to light-emitting diode (LED) lights, the hottest new trend in lighting technology. The arrival of cost effective LED lights has facilitated radical advances in photographic science and required photographers to change the way they use lighting. This book explains how these innovations have influenced conventional light theory and offers a seamless transition from old lighting technologies to new ones. It demystifies the process of choosing the right LED light for projects, presents common sense methods for using LEDs, and offers suggestions for achieving the perfect lighting color and balance. In addition, numerous examples using a range of LED lights provide instruction on how to use them in still life images, portraits, and even moving pictures. Using the tools in this handy reference, visual artists can invent new styles unencumbered by the limits imposed by standard light sources.
This book has been written for the working professional photographer who has come to the realization that he or she needs continuous lighting in order to move the business in the direction of including some video services for clients. It also includes advanced amateurs who understand lighting and have probably worked extensively with off camera flash, light stands and modifiers, ala David Hobby's Strobist work. LED's have an obvious appeal to film makers but when photographers give them a good hard look they find the lights to be useful for most still life work, and quick portraits where balancing ambient light and fill light are important. The one group I think will benefit most are food shooters. WYSIWYG lighting combined with nolettuce withering heat means that set ups are quicker and surer and the comfort level, on set, is much better.