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Aputure Amaran LED Lights

The following few paragraphs is an account of my personal experience with the Aputure Amaran 198c when using it as a fill light for still photography.

12th July 2018. I was out today using the Aputure Amaran 198C to help improve a single person portrait with some fill light.There is no doubt that this light will put out enough light in a dark situation for a perfect exposure however it took some time to learn how to use it best in broad and bright day light so here are my insights.

The day was recovering from light drizzle but it was still heavily overcast when I went out with my model. I had hoped that the cloud would be a great diffuser and that the Aputure Amaran 198c would be all that I needed for fill however the weather improved significantly as we approached the Gold Coast beach side.

I decided to shoot the model contrary to the norm, with her back to the sunlight so I was faced with a very bright background. I took a meter reading of the scene without her. At f/2.8 ISO 100 was looking at a 1/4000 second shutter speed. Setting the Canon 80d on manual at those settings had the background perfectly exposured BUT the model was in relative darkness with shadow on her face. So bring in the Aputure Amaran 198C thought I. Why not the pop up flash, well the flash then forced the camera to 1/250 exposure which as a disaster. The 198C was very close to her face but alas at 1/4000 second the LED simply didn't have time to add enough light. Changing the aperture would help so long as I changed the shutter speed and yes that would assist the 198C but still there was too many stops of light to allow the Aputure Amaran to do it's trick even on full power and at 3200K for the most output.

The problem was the shutter speed that wasn't slow enough for the power output of the 198C to fill in her face sooooo... The decision was made to put the sun at my back .. still not happy ... sooo then we asked her to move to a fully shaded area. I was still not happy with the result, so I had her face south so her back was to a fully shaded play area with a shade cover offering a darker background. This time the shutter speed with an aperture of f2.8 was 1/400 of a second. To assist the Aputure 198c, even on full power, I blew out the background exposure by 2/3rds of a stop and held the LED close to the side of the lens (a Canon 24mm Pancake Lens at f2.8) and hey presto, success.

I hadn't factored into the calculations that the LED is a constant light and not a flash. I hadn't considered that the power of a flash is 4 stops plus more than the LED and so the flash needs a much slower shutter speed to have an impact. In fact the Aputure Amaran is really a video light and not a daylight fill light. Lesson learned. At 1/400 of slower the Amaran (with the background 2/3rds + over) was a great alternative.

For more advice on the right LED light and how to use it in your application, come in or give us a call for practical, real life situations.

I've become obsessed over the Aputure HR672's so here is another video that I encourage you to watch.

And then I found out about the diffuser for the 528 and 672 LED lights making it a great LED Lighting Kit with the Aputure EZ Box.

Is the Aputure Amaran LED Video Lights for you? Well at the moment we have selected two sizes of the Aputure LED lights. The larger of the two is the 528 range and the smaller is the 198 and in particular the Aputure 198C (C for colour control/correction). There are two other LED's here. They are the LED Ring Lights for either Canon, HC100 or Nikon HN100.

Here is a Video Review of the Aputure 198C LED Video Light.

The larger of the two Video Lights we have selected is the Aputure 528 range. It is available in 3 slightly different features which are outlined in this video for you.

And lastly the Aputure Halo Ring Lights for Canon and Nikon DSLR's. We really love these cheap but effective Ring Lights. They are a lot of bang for your buck and will assist in lighting some basic portraits or product shots. Take a look at the following video and then reach for your credit card.

And the fastest growing LED in the Aputure sales range is the Aputure Amaran HR672. So what do you get and how do you use them...


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