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Hi, I’m Scotty Myers. I’m with Parkwood Studios. Tonight I’m going to do a quick review on the Savage Luminous Pro 19″ ring light plus. It’s an LED light. One of the cool things about this is it does allow you to adjust your color temperature. You can see there’s a great little display on the back here. You can adjust it as cool as 3200 degrees Kelvin, or you can go all the way up to 5500 degrees for your regular daylight balance.
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You’ve also got these two little battery packs. They look like they’re just a standard Sony battery. You can run this guy without power. If you want to do some shots outdoors, and you need just that little extra pop of light, it’s a great application.
It’s the first time I’d ever work with ring light before and admittedly it was a little bit more of a challenge than what I thought it would be, because I’m used to you can move wherever you want around the studio, whatever angle. When you’re using the ring light, you got just the small area right here that you can shoot through. The other thing that I found I like to shoot around F8, and in order to shoot with this ring light at F8, I had to be up at ISO 400 and the model had to be very close to the ring light, as you can see in the photo here.
One of the things that was some feedback from the model was this LED was very bright. A lot of times we had to have her actually close her eyes, count to three, and then open for the shot, because this was just too bright being that close. However, it does produce a beautiful ring light in the eyes. I deliberately left this shot a little bit wide so you could actually see the ring light in the image and get an idea of what you’re actually shooting through. It very much follows that standard inverse square law for lighting. The moment your model takes one step back, you can see immediately how much light you lose on the image.
Another item of notice, you’ll notice the ring in her eyes gets noticeably smaller. We mounted the camera here on this hot shoot. The model is gonna obviously have to be a lot further back from the camera. I put the model about five feet away. I had to open up all the way to 2.8, in order to keep my lighting up. You’ll notice now the ring is just this tiny little dot in the model’s eyes.
Another interesting thing that had never occurred to me is your model has to be looking straight on into this light. If your model is not and she’s looking over to the side, the rings on the eyes go off center. Now, suddenly instead of having that circle around the eyes, the ring circle goes through the center of the iris, and it’s just not a very flattering look on the image. Let’s say you did shoot like I did, where you were showing a little bit of this ring light in the image, this is a sample of how much you’re going to actually have to crop in to get your image.
Couple things to think about if you decide to use it, it does produce beautiful light. You can get some really nice images that were out of it, as you’ve seen through the demos here. But again, just a couple caveats to think about if you’re going to use it. You can get these up on B&H. They’re right at around $300 each. Hope you like the video. Feel free to leave comments below and we’ll see you next time.
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