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.

LED Bulbs a new innovation

LED Bulb-1We now have LED photographic bulbs the next innovation in continuous lighting for video or still shots. About 10 years ago we introduced photographic compact fluorescent bulbs to the UK and coined the phrase Daylight balanced bulb. It seems now that everyone sells them and uses our phrase so we are now introducing to the UK and Europe mains ES screw fit LED bulbs, they are 5500k and have a CRI of 90 and come in 2 strengths 25 watt and 45 watt.

The bulbs are very powerful and there are panel of 25 watts which one of our bulbs is and the 45 watt bulb the costs are very much lower than a panel would cost. Although the LED bulbs are sold separately we sell these as LED Supersoftbox and this has 2 25w bulbs in each head the light output is stronger than the 4 x 50w CFL bulbs we had and 2 x 45w LED bulbs in the head give out as much light as 5 of our 105w CFL bulbs.

So any bulb holder with ES screw fit can take one of our LED bulbs, old lighting can be transformed, the good thing about these bulbs is they are smaller and more robust than the compact fluorescent bulb. They can be stored easily and will take a knock and unlike CFL bulbs which loose power over time the LED bulb outputs the same light throughout its life.

LED Category

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

 

Beauty Dish with Bowens fit and Elinchrom fit

beauty dish

Beauty Dish

A Beauty Dish is a great light modifier to have at your disposal we do two types that fit to Studio Flash lighting heads either Bowens fit or Elinchrom fit. They can be used as a single light for classic beauty shots, they are more versatile than that.

The Beauty Dish comes with an inner reflector that will go in two positions to give a different angle of light, a shower cap diffuser that will diffuse the light coming from thebeauty dish and a grid that slots in using sprung clips to keep it securely in place. This is known as a 42cm beauty dish although the measurement is actually 41cm.

We have a video using it in a tutorial lighting and capturing something dropped into water  it can be seen here http://youtu.be/UqM2Zzd5-YI

We have now got an overview video of the beauty dish to show you exactly what the product is and what it comes with.

 

3 Point lighting video for digital and Video Lighting

Supersoftbox 4 video lighting kit

3 Point digital & Video Lighting

3 point lighting is a fundamental setup for video lighting and also for digital which gives a solid basis for any lighting setup. This digital and video lighting setup allows you to use a main light or key light with a fill light and the third light is used as a hair light so that will light the rim of the hair and shoulder line. The hair light is more important with darker backgrounds although with a white background can still help separate the subject.

To make this more easily understood and to visually see how to implement this type of video lighting we have a video to show exactly how to do it and this has now made 350,000 views on youtube. With this many views it has made this one of our most popular videos which we have many with overviews and tutorials. So be sure to visit the video section which is on the right hand side of this page. It can also be a good idea to subscribe to the youtube channel and you will be informed of new videos as soon as they are published.

Any of our three head systems a three point lighting setup can be applied we have 4 different systems in this category 3 head kits, there is a kit for any budget. The kits which are recommended are the supersoftbox kit which is featured in the video, the Supersoftbox 4 and the Supersoftbox 5 which are more powerful give you versatility and help you with exposure and ISO settings making them more versatile to use.

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.

Photography Barn Doors to control light

Photography barn doorsPhotography Barn Doors

Flash Lighting Photography Barn Doors which will fit any studio flash lighting reflector if it has a rolled edge. They will fit studio flash lighting reflectors from 15cm – 22cm so that is most of them, they have adjusters that screw in and out. The other end is a spring clip that will keep the photography barn doors in place.

They are located in our Light Modifiers and Reflectors category which has a whole lot of different items. This barn doors comes with 4 gels and also a grid. With the use of the gels the light can be altered to a different colour which can be directed on your background or on your subject. The light can be directed by the use of the grid when you put this on it will direct the light and focus it to one area as without it the spill of light will cover a wider area. This will also stop flare if the camera can see the light, it can be used in conjunction with the gels.

To show it more clearly we have made a video of the flash lighting Photographic barn doors which will explain exactly how it works.

Strobe Softbox 60 x 60cm

Strobe Softbox

Strobe Softbox MKIII

The Strobe Softbox 60 x 60cm is for all who use speedlites or off camera flash it is also available in 80 x 80cm. They come with an internal diffuser to smooth the light and the front diffuser just pushes on using hook and eye technology, this is tight and keeps the softbox shape. We have a Strobe Accessories Category that has lots of other items for use with Speedlights and off camera flash.

Speedlites are a great way to add light to your subject or use it in conjunction with ambient light, this will fit to a  lightstand or tripod and with the included adapter allows you to angle the box to any angle you want.

We now have a video to show how to fold it to get into the small bag.

 

We have a complete overview video

 

A Tutorial video

Stripbox Photographic Softbox 50 x 150cm

large stripbox softbox

Large Stripbox Softbox 50 x 150cm with grid

We have a Stripbox Photographic Softbox that measures 30cm x 150cm it comes in our EZY up series and opens up just like an umbrella. Not only is it fast to put up it is made of very high quality material and will take a lot of wear and tear. The heavy duty quality of the fabric used in the construction is the best it also comes with a security pin to secure the unbrella mechanism to make sure that it stays in place.

The stripbox comes with a removable grid that will attach and detach with the use of hook and eye technology. It also has in inner diffuser as well as an outer diffuser to give you even light. Stipboxes allows you to light your subject from head to foot simulating a large natural light window, you have the choice of Bowens fit speedring or an Elinchrom fit speedring.

With 2 of these you can light either side of your model to give that really modern look, even one as the key light can make your work more refreshing.

If you want to find out more in our range of softboxes we have a page with all of them listed Photographic Softbox

Product Photography Kit

Product Photography

Product Photography with Supersoftbox

We have a new Product Photography kit to complement our tabletop photography kits. We have a Product Photography category where it is easy to see what we have on offer. This is a continuous lighting solution for small items and we also have some tutorial videos for product photography including jewellery you just need to click videos on the right.

It consists of a Supersoftbox kit and an 80cm Photo Light Cube, the Supersoftbox kit is used without the diffusers for this. There is also the option to have a third light which can be used to light at the front or from above and it is called Continuous Light kit with 80cm Light Cube.

The cube gives you nice soft light and helps to reduce reflections and shadows allowing you to show the maximum details of the product or item. Each head has 4 x 50w balanced daylight compact fluorescent bulbs with 5500k and a CRI of 90. Each head can be angled and comes complete with mains lead. There is a front cover with the cube that is attached using hook and eye technology, it also comes with sweeps.

The Supersoftbox kit can also be used for Video Lighting so gives multiple uses it can even be used for portrait digital photography as our video.

Go to the item in our online store Continuous Light kit with 80cm Light Cube.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have a tutorial video showing the difference between 2 and 3 lights