Why Portrait Photographers are Making the Switch to LED

Why Portrait Photographers are Making the Switch to LED

If there is one thing that is important in portrait photography, it’s great lighting. In fact, the actual mechanics of photography rely on lighting to even create your photo in the first place. That fact aside, however, nobody can deny that lighting can either make or break the quality and mood of your photos.

Previously, we wrote about the emerging use of LED lighting in photography and how many photographers are slowly making the transition from older lighting types. Since that article was published, though, there has been much more talk about how LEDs are beneficial in portrait photography, specifically. So, we wanted to explore the topic a bit more with that in mind.


What type of lighting is available for photographers today?

Obviously, if you are taking photographs outdoors, the sun will be your primary source of lighting. Most photographers find that even the sun’s light must be modified (diffused) to some degree, however. It’s not as easy to control, either, which is why the use of artificial lighting in photography has become such a common practice.

There are four main types of artificial lighting that are used by photographers today. They include:

  • Incandescent Lights
  • Fluorescent Lights
  • Studio Strobes
  • LED Lighting


Why are so many portrait photographers making the switch to LED lighting?

Portrait photography is unique in that you really need every facial feature to be captured clearly and in the most flattering possible way. The only way to achieve that is by having excellent control of the lighting in the space, as well as the lighting that shines directly on the subject’s face.

There is not a lighting option available today that offers better control, flexibility, and adaptability than LED. There is no longer a need for the shutter syncing, which was once a major limiting factor in the clarity and quality of flash photography. You can also adjust your LEDs using a dimmer, which helps you set the mood that you’re going for in your photos.

LED lighting has the capability to make portrait photographers generally better at what they do. Clients will love the unsurpassed quality of the photos, and in terms of practicality, you won’t find a lighting option that is lighter weight or more durable when you’re traveling from one location to the next.


Choosing the Right LED Lighting for Your Portrait Photography Business

Like most things, not all LED lights are created equally. You want to make sure that the units you choose are of the highest possible quality. If you purchase a lower caliber, less expensive LED option, you may need to have color correction gels on hand, as well as some sort of diffusing material. In general, though, you will find that most professional grade LED portrait systems offer all the functionality you need, and more.

Of course, sometimes, an off-the-shelf option just doesn’t cut it, no matter the quality or expense. Are you a photographer who is in need of a custom lighting solution for your studio or on the go? If so, give us a call at 773-775-1613 and tell us about your needs!

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