Just as with stills, the quality of video revolves around the quality of the light. And though today’s HDSLRs
are promoted based on their ability to
perform under extreme low-light condi-
tions, the resulting video quality is more
about being acceptable rather than being
This is why I utilize various external light
sources for our multimedia productions.
Because I often work on smaller produc-
tions, I always have an eye out for lighting
that provides a lot of light in a relatively
The Simple Studio Photo Video 1344
LED Light Panel offers the promise of
both. Though I favor Kino Flo lights for
bigger productions, the Simple Studio
1344 LED is incredibly compact, measuring just 6. 10 x 4. 60 x 2. 60 inches and
weighing just 2. 65 pounds.
Contained in a well-constructed metal
housing, the small unit includes 1344 LED
lights that deliver 30,000– 35,000 LUX at
a distance of 1 foot. When using my 5D
Mark III set at ISO 200, the unit allowed
me to shoot at an aperture of f/5.6 when
the light was positioned about 3 feet from
my subject. When diffused using a reflective umbrella, I can shoot at an aperture of
f/3.5. This provides ample light for sit-down
interviews. When I desire greater depth of
field, I simply boosted the ISO to 400 or
800, which delivers excellent quality video
footage on the 5D Mark III.
The light output is easily adjusted using
a large control knob on its rear panel.
Though the unit lacks any percentage
markings on the rear panel, the output can
be adjusted from 0 to 100 percent. It man-
ages to maintain a constant 5600K-color
temperature even when power is reduced,
which is extremely important for consistent
The controls are simple and straight-
forward with a red On/Off switch and a
port for power, which is delivered via a
2.5mm/5.5mm 19V 4. 74 AC power sup-
ply. The power plug into the unit lacks a
positive click stop to secure it into place. So,
sometimes it would loosen when the unit
was being handled a lot. Once the light was
in position, however, I had no problems
with the unit turning off.
The light includes built-in barn doors,
which controls the spread of light. They
also help to control light bleed when using
an umbrella, which can result in stray light
hitting a wall or ceiling.
The unit keeps itself cool using a pair
of rear fans, which results in the housing
being cool to the touch, providing for easy
handling even during lengthy use. Vents are
Simple Studio Photo Video
1344 LED Light Panel
By Ibarionex Perello
| DSLR VIDEO |
Above: The Simple Studio Photo Video 1344 LED
Light Panel provides a powerful but compact LED
source for capturing quality video with an HDSLR.
Above: Controls on the unit are kept clean and
simple with a red On/Off switch and a control dial
for increasing or decreasing light output.
Above: Image 03: The unit includes built-in barn
doors for controlling the spread of light.