Do most Photographers use Continuous Source Lighting?

Welcome to Camlense. In today’s post, we will examine, why you should and why you shouldn’t use continuous lighting source. First of all, we will discuss, what continuous lighting sources are and how they are not comparable to flash.

Do Most Photographers use Continuous Source Lighting?

No, most photographers don’t use Continuous Source Lighting because these lights sources are not bright enough.

Continuous Source Lighting

I like my daylight LED aperture lights because they allow me to light videos like a photographer. The light comes in sort of a moonlight form factor and then allows me to use the same gear that I would use to shoot stills in order to shoot videos like this one today.

Simply don’t let that fool you. That doesn’t mean that I think you should use lights for photography. In fact, I think it’s a really bad idea for most people. I get it often times continuous lights are cheaper than flashes. You don’t have to wait for them to recycle and what you see is what you get.

There are several reasons why constant light falls short, and it all revolves around one problem, they aren’t bright enough for professional use which leads you to sacrifice one or all three sides of the exposure triangle.

To understand more about the exposure triangle, click here to get professional understandings of it.

Now unless your continuous light is a gigantic power eating monster that you would see on the set of a blockbuster movie, you are not gonna be able to overpower the light that is outdoors and even if you are able to do so, your subject will be squinting worse than Clint Eastwood. Therefore, it is not a good choice for outdoor photography.

In addition to that, you are going to have to deal with color contamination indoors because often times, there are going to be other light sources like tungsten lights or CFL lights that are probably going to contaminate your shadows and get your subject too warm in case of tungsten light of green sort of color in CFL lights. You won’t be able to overcome that unless you want to switch to Black and White which would of course work but that often defeats the purpose most of the time.

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