The LED Flashlight experiment.

Shooting gigs at small dingy venues is my greatest challenge every single time and to make things worst manually focusing a 50mm F1.8 is a bitch so that is why I did an experiment with a cheap LED flashlight along with my battered Sunpak PZ42X.

The premise: Lighting condition is fucked as hell. 

How to simulate it: I turned off all the lights at 7pm used my Sunpak flash and covered it with a blue cellophane then set it at 1/64th power to act as the ambient light.

The Materials: Cellophane covered LED flashlight with 12 bulbs, some tape, flash mount and a light stand

The Camera Setting: F1.8 @ 50mm, ISO800 @ 1/50th of a second.

I gelled the LED flashlight green because green is cool and to somewhat disguise
the light to theoretically merge it with the ambient light.
The output. I apologize for shooting in front of the
mirror since I don't have a model.
Observations & Conclusions: Since the LED flashlight has only 12 bulbs it only means that the light isn't that strong enough and so what I did is I had it moved it closer to me. Now considering the same factors but instead of a 12 bulb LED flashlight I have the 100+ LED Light  with variable intensities so, theoretically that only means that I don't need to worry about the reach and intensity of the light.

So far I am convinced that shooting gigs in poorly lit venues with the aid of LED lights can help but people may find it distracting so I'll probably do a shoot with a video LED light soon and see the people's reactions.


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Patrick Jude M. Ilagan born June 24, 1990 is a graphic designer, photographer and content specialist based in Manila, Philippines. Patrick is a graduate of University of Santo Tomas wherein he earned his degree in Fine Arts major in Advertising.

After graduating he worked as a graphic designer and art director for on Gadgets Magazine under Great Minds Media Inc. which is a publishing company based in Quezon City, Philippines in 2011 until 2012. He then moved to Web Providers Dev. Pro as a content writer which later on became Digital Room Inc. (Philippines) wherein he became a digital marketing specialist. In the same year he moved to Web Providers Dev. Pro he also part-timed as an instructor for a local college based in Makati, Philippines wherein he taught graphic design.

Patrick wrote and made downloadable content for You the Designer which is a graphic design lifestyle blog in 2012 until early 2014 with artist Kerby Rosanes. In mid-2014 He shifted his efforts and co-founded photography lifestyle and inspiration blog named You the Photographer with George Nacpil. He is currently the blog's editor.

Patrick often refers to himself as a pixel craftsman since he is mostly working with a computer. Patrick mostly uses Adobe Illustrator, InDesign and Lightroom for his work.

When not working Patrick immerses himself in TV shows, movies, books and games. He is also a fan of underground live music shows, food fairs, art exhibits and roaming around museums.