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The Quality of Light - how to use the available light or create more of it!
Thorsten Overgaard with Rosco LitePads 12

Quality of light [a work in progess] - Page 5
- How to use the available light, or to make more of it!

By: Thorsten Overgaard


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The next thing: Light panels


  Rosco LitePad HO
  Rosco LitePad HO light panels

Rosco - Another type of LED panels
Rosco LitePad HO light panels (6000 Kelvin) may give nicer light, whereas the Litepanels are too bright even when dimmed down. Hell, I have no idea. Much of this lightnig stuff is made for video cameras which can anyways shoot with very little light. For still photo we need more light, so I've been looking at Lux numbers and trying to figure it out. But haven't found the answer yet (the Rosco 12"x12" gives 240 lux at a 1 meter disctance, their 12" disc 160 lux. the Litepanel Micro which is a small little lamp gives 280 lux at 1 meter distance, and their LitePanel 1x1 gives 560 lux. For comparison, a 150W ARRI Junior 150 fresnel light gives 1980 lux at 1 meter distance [6000 lux as spot], and a 4Bank Kino Flo give 2599 Lux at 1 meter distance [and 775 lux at 2 meter distance]).

But if you remember back at page 1, quality of light is determined by the surface of the licht source. So from that, the bigger surface, the better.

So stay tuned. I'll be looking into this. I've gotten a set of Rosco LitePads along with dimmer, car chargers and battery packs which I'll be testing in the field and studio.

First I saw these things I thought "dilettante" but then I visited the website og Litepanels and saw what kind of light these panels make, and the many advantages. Now, it's a fairly new product here around and I haven't laid hands on them yet. But I will, and till then, do visit the Litepanels website and see for your self.

Litepanels 1x1 Bi-Color
Here's a model holding the 1x1 Bi-Color panel that runs on battery for 1,75 hour without heat, can be dimmed and can change gradually from 3200 - 5600 Kelvin! Price around 2,500$ from

Here's a very compact travelkit with two small Litepanels, also battery and 3200 - 5600 Kelvin via filters. Price around 2,100$ from

Here's a video about those LED light panels:


This article will continue at a later time with more stuff about light! Feel free to e-mail me at for comments, advice , ideas and suggestions!


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Testing Rosco LitePad. Here I'm with a 12x12" square 12 volt LitePad hooked to my 220v outlet and a 12" circle 12 volt LitePad hooked to a 12v battery pack (the plack box I'm holding on the back with 8 AA-batteries). Shot at 6000 kelvin and adjusted to 5400 in Lightroom.


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