Photographer Scott Markewitz Develops New Approach with Continuous LED Lighting
Hi I’m Scott Markewitz. I’m an outdoor photographer, and today I’m here to talk to you about a recent shoot I had in the hills above Salt Lake City, Utah. For this shoot I used a Fiilex Matrix II Tunable White LED to help with the lighting, and it made a huge difference in my setup. As an outdoor photographer I’m generally working with natural light. For years I’ve thought: “How cool it would be to have a continuous light system that would give me the look and control of a strobe, but the ability to use my camera on motor drive, and be able to nail the shot?”
I’ve shot with a lot of strobes in the past, and it’s always been a challenge. They’re a lot to set up, and you’ve got to deal with the timing, shutter speed, sync, and figuring out creative ways to adapt when the shutter speed’s not fast enough to really freeze the action, which is what you’re hoping for. Every once and a while you get a shot with too much ghosting, and, in my mind, you’ve missed the shot—that’s not the look you’re after.
With continuous light you’re able to set your camera as you want it, set your motor drive at full speed. Just fire away and you’re gonna get that moment that’s just right.
Getting the right shot at the right moment—it’s a real challenge. You’ve gotta be on it. Your timing has to be perfect, and that’s not always easy. With continuous light you’re able to set your camera as you want it, set your motor drive at full speed. Just fire away and you’re gonna get that moment that’s just right. That’s one reason I picked running for this video. There’s a perfect moment in the stride, and just before and after that there’s a big difference in how the runner looks. They don’t look their best. When you’re trying to get that perfect shot, that’s where motor drive is key.
What’s really cool about the Matrix II Tunable White is how simple it is to use. Three dials: power to turn it on. You have power control here from 0 – 100% in 1% increments. And color temperature from 2800K to 6500K. Also here in the middle it has hue, which is really good for skin tones. You get a little bit of green or magenta shift. If you need to add it to your images, you’ve got it here with the hue control.
To get such a clean and consistent light, Fiilex has figured out how to pack the LEDs really closely together—something they call Dense Matrix technology. It’s a really smooth even light across all power ranges, and I’m really impressed by what the Fiilex Matrix II can do. It gives me a clean consistent light that I can use for a variety of applications. From shooting action to shooting portraits. I can throw on a variety of modifiers. I’ve got this nice octabox, perfect for portraits. It’s a really versatile tool, and, in my mind, it’s making that jump towards the perfect lighting setup I’ve always imagined.