With the “brown season” upon us, I am already beginning to miss the short colourful months where I can relax in the yard and take endless photographs of blossoms and sprouting greenery. Sure, I could take macro shots of the dead leaves on the ground or the frost gathering on the blades of yellowed grass, but to be honest I find that rather depressing. My friend suggested that I just go buy some flowers and shoot them inside. I hemmed and hawed about the idea of using studio lights to shoot my flowers. That was until I tried out a Lumahawk LED light. This constant light gave me the ability to illuminate my subject using a very natural looking source but in a more controllable way.
For my test, I used the LMX-LD144AS, which can be used as an on camera LED light. It can also be attached to a light stand with a 1/4” thread if you want a little more flexibility in directing the light. I prefer to use it off camera because I find it easier to mix the lighting. It has a dimmable output from full to quarter-power and has variable light temperature, from 3200 Kelvin to daylight balanced 5600 Kelvin. I really appreciate how adjustable this light is. When the weather improves, I could even see myself bringing it outside as a subtle fill light.
In my opinion, the best part about Lumahawk lights is the amount of illumination you get from such a small source. The LMX-LD144AS gives off a 144W Tungsten-wattage equivalence, and the unit itself is relatively small weighing in at only 200 g and is measuring a few inches wide by about an inch deep. It gives truth to the saying “the best things can sometimes come in small packages.” That being said, Lumahawk also makes larger lights with even more output. I used the light for macro work but the larger ones could be used for portrait photography or would make fantastic video lights. The other great thing about Lumahawk lights is the price point: the LMX-LD144AS is only $224, which is fairly reasonable for this type of lighting system. For more information about Lumahawk lights visit thecamerastore.com or www.nadel.com.