In the last few months, Fabiana and I have used the Rosco LitePad quite a lot. We have then decided to write a short review, which can help you understand if would be a good solution for you too. We believe a preface to our review is due: how we photograph. This is crucial because it will make you understand the foundation of how we use this led panel and why.
Fabiana and I are natural light shooters; therefore we use the sun as our main source of light. We tend to prefer bright and large sources of light, like large windows, to lit our subjects. We also mix traditional photography to videos, which we merge in Fusion presentations.
Up until today, our best friend has always been a reflector, with the California Sunbounce Mini in its Zebra shading being our “weapon of choice“. So, is Rosco LitePad the Best to Help Natural Light Fusion Photographers?
PS: all the images in this post have been taken with the help of the Rosco LitePad HO+!
The Rosco LitePad is our new Reflector
I have always said that if I could pick just one light modifier, that would have certainly been a reflector. Unfortunately with the gloomy, dark days, and considering the fact that we shoot indoor, a reflector sometimes fails. The Rosco LitePad, thanks to his daylight-balanced colour is perfect to fill the shadows while shooting in a dark environment.
We rarely shoot without the natural light; therefore, we have rarely used the LitePad as our main source of light. We like to us it in such ways to allow us not to alter our natural style. This led panel is fantastic when shooting in low light condition and when retaining that “natural light” look is needed.
How Do We Use the Rosco LitePad?
As I anticipated, we mainly use the LitePad to fill the shadows or to give a boost to the natural light. This usage counts for approximatively 90% of the time we use it, and in these cases our main requirement is that the light coming from the Rosco LitePad is not mistaken for the main source of light. The exception is when we want to create darker mood, in which case we tend not to have any natural light.
- When shooting backlit (with the main source of light behind our subject) or with our main source of light at our subjects’ side, we use the LitePad to fill the shadows. This gives us the flexibility to shoot even in difficult light conditions, still allowing us to maintain a bright look in our images. The trick is to have the light from the led panel dimmed enough not to be felt as the main source of light.
- We do not place our subjects too close to our light source, which is generally a window as this would limit the poses we can create. In dark days, when the light coming from the window is still too low -or when the window is exceedingly small- we place the LitePad in the same position of the window so to give a boost to the sun light.
- We love the LitePad because, differently from flashes, it can be used for both photo and videos alike. If we are filming for a fusion video we use the same settings just explained, but few times we have used the Rosco LitePad as the main source of light for videos: it works wonders!
How Could Rosco Make the LitePad Better?
To us there are few minor details that could have made the Rosco LitePad better for the way we use it. The daylight balanced colour temperature is still slightly yellowish (it is 5800K, we think something closer to 6300K would have been slightly better), and there are very few modifiers to use. These two, plus a limited power, are the only things we would see updated in a future version. …well, and making it slightly cheaper would not hurt!
Apart from these minor details, the Rosco LitePad IS the best help to maintain our shooting style when the days are gloomy!