I just received 3 LED lights from Dracast. I plan on using them on location for environmental portraits as well as add some contrast lighting for architectural photography shoots. In addition, they'll work great for food photography. The engineering of these units is fantastic. Challenges include determining white balance. These lights have a wide range of white balance settings. One of the key things I've learned is that it's important to use ambient light and calculate white balance based on that ambient light. I've determined the best way to calculate white balance is by using a white card first. I slowly turn on one of the lights and turn the white balance knob until the color of the white card matches what it looked like without the light on. At that point, I adjust the intensity which, in most cases, is full power. The following photo shows the 3 lights with a fairly typical set-up. The main light is a 12x12 unit on the left side of the frame. The kicker is a 6x12 light on the right side. A small LED provides background light. Finally, a silver reflector, standard regardless of the type of lights used, acts as a fill. One of the key things I've learned is that it's important to use ambient light and c
The next challenge is to determine the optimum settings. The images below are right off of the camera. Although they have been cropped, no other editing has been applied. In my opinion, the two best settings are 1/180 F/5.6 ISO 640 and 1/90 F/6.7 ISO 400. Using the Canon 5DMIII results in a super clean image. Tell me what you think!