LED Lighting is the Future

LED Bulb-1It’s been 6 months since we launched our LED Lighting range and what an amazing response we’ve had. Customers have been loving the power that these lights give and the small fan and thermal cut-out means these lights won’t overheat which is a great asset in a studio setting.

The LED colour panels have also been popular with everyone as they are so versatile and if you haven’t already seen our introductory videos on these then do check them out for more information on the panels or lighting kits.

This is our LED Lighting playlist on youtube

All our LED range are compatible with the studio accessories we stock and there are some great kits we have put together incorporating these. We have single lighting heads and soft boxes all the way to our three head kits with boom arm and accessories. If there is something you would like to see we would love to hear from you and will do our best to accommodate your requests.

With the Christmas season upon us we would like to thank all our customers this year and wish you all a very happy and prosperous new year. We are entering our 11th year here at Smick and will continue to bring you innovative and versatile kits and accessories to enhance all your photographic needs.

Compact Fluorescent Daylight Balanced bulbs

We have 105w daylight balanced bulba big range of Micansu compact fluorescent bulbs and we are glad to announce that the 105W bulb all with ES or E27 fitting are on Special Offer.

We were the first company to sell compact fluorescent photographic bulbs in the UK and use the phrase Daylight Balanced Bulbs, ours are 5500k colour temperature ideal for still photography and for video.

Just like a fluorescent light but coiled around into a small package. If you already have one of our light units such as the Supersoftbox series then you can replace the 50w bulbs it comes with and use the 105w which will give you much more light. Using these bulbs in your softbox lighting kits means more versatility with your exposure, you can have your lights further away.

105w Compact fluorescent bulbs

 

Video Lighting Kits

supersoftbox 4 - 3 head video lightingVideo Lighting with Supersoftbox 4

We now have a Supersoftbox 4 Video Lighting kit, this has softboxes 50 x 70cm with removable outer diffuser. It uses balanced four daylight bulbs 105w 5400k which have a CRI of 90, these are compact fluorescent bulbs. This works well for interview or youtube type videos.

We have a standard Supersoftbox Video Lighting Kit which uses four 50w daylight balanced bulbs, the specification is the same, the Supersoftbox 4 Video Lighting kit uses bulbs with a higher light output 105w balanced daylight bulbs. The good news is if you already have the Supersoftbox you can upgrade it by adding the 105w Balanced Daylight Bulbs.

This kit is also great as a Continuous Lighting kit for still digital photography for 1/2 body shots and head shots which give an exposure of 1/80th sec iso 200 f 6.1 so gives a very versatile exposure range for continuous lights.

There are a range of Video Lighting kits, a single head kit a 2 head kit and a 3 head kit. The 3 head kit comes with 2 – 50 x 70cm softboxes and the 3rd light uses a boom arm with a 45 x 45cm softbox that has 3 x 50w bulbs. There is a choice of boom and there is also a choice of softboxes as there is an alternative choice of 80cm Octagonal softboxes that come complete with an outer diffuser. If you want pure white backgrounds on your video then a 2 head kit is used to light the background. Then either another 2 heads can be used to light the subject and a 3rd hair light can also be used.

You can choose the Supersoftbox 5 video lighting kit which takes 5 x 105w bulbs and has 60 x 90cm softboxes and this is suitable for full length video you can also choose an Octagonal softbox.

Portrait Tutorial using Continuous Lighting

In this tutorial Gavin Hoey explores the use of shallow depth of field to shoot atmospheric portraits in the studio using continuous lighting. He’s using one of our Lightbank Softbox lighting units with daylight bulbs and explains just how you can achieve the same with examples along the way.

Along with the Lightbank Softbox is the sister unit Lightbank 350 that has the same power but with barn doors and a front diffuser. We have a whole range of continuous lighting not only for digital photography but also for video lighting.

In this video Gavin is also using the multi purpose boom arm.

Continuous Lighting – Video Lighting

Were here again stocks of a lot of our continuous lighting / video lighting has almost run out, we ordered in plenty of time and the new stock should be sitting in our warehouse right now. Our supplier had a problem which meant they shipped it a month late, very frustrating, finally its on the way but will not arrive until the 7th March.

We do have some other kits that are in stock, an often overlooked continuous lighting kit suitable for video lighting, product photography and small room sets is the 2 Light Studio Lighting and Umbrella continuous lighting kit now using the 125w daylight bulbs which gives out the equivalent of 500 watts of light. This kit is ideal for travel or storage as its light, compact and comes with a low cost it can also use the umbrella softboxes. We use a ceramic bulb holder with this kit which means it can take this wattage light whereas the plastic bulbholders are only suitable for a maximum of 60 watt bulbs. This kit also comes combined with slave flash units 2 Light Studio Continuous Lighting and Slave Flash Umbrella set.


Don’t forget we still have the superb Lightbank softbox kits if you need more light as they have 7 x 50 watt daylight bulbs and a 100 cm softbox.

We do have other Photography lighting the stocks of studio flash kits are good and of course lots of studio lighting accessories. We have Elinchrom fit softbox and Bowens fit softbox which are very popular also smaller 40 x 40cm softbox and 60 x 40cm softbox to fit mini studio flash units including Portasflash.

We have some good news in that we are increasing Elinchrom fit items namely beauty dishes that will have honeycomb attachments available, some fast erecting softboxes with eggcrate grids available, also available in Bowens fit. More off camera flash items are coming more of that later, its not due to arrive until April will keep you posted on exact dates later.

Continuous Photography Lighting

We are now in a new year with VAT going up to 20% making things a bit more expensive we have decided to add extra value to our popular 3 head super softbox kit and the 2 head Supersoftbox Kit.

We are going to include the 2.6m stands for the price of the standard 1.9m stands, so when you order you just need keep the standard options and you will get the 2.6m stands. This will run up to the end of January, it is one of our most popular kits and ideal for many applications we have a great overview video Super Softbox Continuous Lighting Kit.

Well what can it be used for, it is brilliant for video lighting and it has several advantages over the more traditional redhead lighting, the first one being it uses 5400k energy efficient daylight bulbs so no need for gels to correct the colour temperature to daylight. They are also so much cooler than a halogen type bulb and because of this they are typically called cool lights, with the softboxes they give a nice soft light and we have a fantastic video by Gavin Hoey to show the 3 point lighting technique. The softbox diffusers can be removed to create a slightly harsher light to give a different feel.

They can also be used for still digital photography, not as versatile as studio flash but what you see is what you get, also for nervous subjects such as animal and small children no surprise flashes to disturb them we have a video showing a simple portrait setup Portrait Photography using Continuous Lighting

Product photography is another area where this is just fantastic whether the item is small or a larger room setting it can accommodate both.

In this kit we used 50 watt energy efficient balanced daylight bulbs this is double the light output of some large competitors who only supply similar type units with 25 watt bulbs so this is something to watch out for when deciding your purchase.

3 head Super Softbox Kit

2 head Supersoftbox Kit

Videos

Super Softbox Continuous Lighting Kit

3 point lighting technique

Portrait Photography using Continuous Lighting


Lightbank Softbox Special

The Lightbank Softbox is a very powerful lighting system ideal for video lighting and still digital photography. It uses 7 x 50w energy efficient daylight bulbs that emit 4 x the amount of light that a normal bulb gives off, they are relatively cool unlike tungsten halogen lighting that get very hot. Another advantage over the tungsten halogen lighting is the colour temperature our daylight bulbs are 5400k and can be used in conjunction with natural light we have a video showing exactly that. Lightbank Softbox Lighting

With switches on the back the light output can adjusted allowing any combination of from 1 bulb to 7 bulbs, the large softbox can be used with or without its diffuser, with the diffuser gives a very flattering soft light.

This is why we say this is and alternative to redhead lighting and the 2 head kit is now on special until 30th December we have made it the same price as the lightbank 350 which is a great saving.

Lightbank Softbox

Lightbank Softbox

Gavin Hoey has produced a great video showing the Lightbank Softbox and how to use it to give a balanced shot mixing it with daylight.

Our Lightbank Softbox is a continuous lighting kit that incorporates a softbox, using 7 x 50w energy efficient 5400k daylight bulbs and a 100cm diameter softbox. The compact daylight fluorescent bulbs have a E27 edison scew fit and can last many thousand of hours they have the advantage of giving out less heat than a tungsten bulb giving the equivalent amount of light, they also have a combined equivalent of 1400w of an incandescent bulb.

They are an all round photography lighting solution as they can be used for full length and small groups still digital photography and also for complete scenes video lighting. They are versatile and units give you perfect control by being switched on the back to allow any number of bulbs to be switched on or off. The front diffuser is attached with velcro so can be used without the outer diffuser for a slightly harsher light.

Super Softbox Continuous Lighting Kit

For a limited period we are giving away an 80cm gold – silver reflector on purchases of our Super Softbox 3 head Lighting for Digital and Video SS70503 lighting kit. This continuous lighting kit has 2 70 x 50 cm softboxes that contain 4 x 50w daylight bulbs 5400k and one 45 x 45 cm softbox that has 3 x 50w daylight bulbs 5400k.

An ideal photography lighting setup great for video lighting and great for digital photography, the advantages of using compact fluorescent daylight bulbs is they give off little heat compared with their light output. It is easy to setup and we have a video by Gavin Hoey with an overview of the supersoftbox,  not only that we have two more video one a three point lighting tutorial and one using it for portrait photography.

Super Softbox 3 head Lighting for Digital and Video

Overview of the supersoftbox

Three point lighting tutorial

Portrait photography tutorial

Available until 21st September