LED Light for Night Portraits! – Review, Tips, Photoshoot w/ the Aputure HR67C , A7RIII, & Sigma 50


hey guys my name is Francisco Hernandez
and today I’m doing a review on the Aputure HR672C LED light which
is actually geared primarily towards cinematographers but I wanted to see
what it can do for portrait photography since that’s what I tend to shoot I’ve
been meaning to shoot with the continuous light source like an LED for
portraits at night for a while now so when aperture reached out to me about
doing a review on this light I couldn’t pass on the opportunity at the end of
the video I am going to be showing you guys a behind-the-scenes look into a
portrait shoot that I did using this light but before I go ahead and show you
guys that I didn’t want to talk about some of the features that I think make
this light definitely worth looking into whether you do cinematography or
portrait photography like myself but before I talk about those features I
didn’t want to show you guys what exactly comes with this light the light
comes in this nice little black bag that has two different size sections with a
larger section being the place where the light itself is gonna be and a smaller
section is gonna be where the two Sony and pf9 70 batteries the light mount the
wireless remote for this light and the DC adapter which you can use to connect
the light to the wall to continuously power it or charge the Sony NPF
batteries when it comes to the light itself one of the main features that it
offers is a color rendering index or CRI of 95 which is basically means that you
won’t have to worry about any sort of color casts or color temperature ships
another feature that this light has is that its bicolor we just basically means
that you can adjust the Clark temperature from 3200 to 5500 this is
gonna be very handy in case you wanted to change the color temperature
depending on the scene that you’re working in and not worry about gels in
order to do so the last main features I want to talk about with this light is
the ability to control it wirelessly using a single remote and you can
actually use this remote to control other aperture lights that you might
have or might be looking into with the included remote you’re able to control
up to three channels and five groups each with the ability to not only
control the power output but the color temperature of at least two of the
groups the light is entirely made up of plastic and not that big so it’s gonna
be perfect for something that you might want to use for traveling it also has
several quarter-twenty mounting threads on each side except the top so you can
mount it exactly how you want to there’s an often on switch which is pretty
self-explanatory but there’s also a channel and a grouping so you can change
the channel and the group there’s also two sets of dials with the top being the
one that you’re gonna be using to change the clock temperature and the bottom one
being the one that you use to change the power output which can go from 10% to
99% or you can use this to Sony NPF 970 batteries to power it in order to
connect those to Sony batteries you’d actually have to connect the DC power
input and then connect the batteries to charge them there’s also a diffusion
panel that comes with the light that you can easily slide in in case you wanted
to diffuse the light a little as I mentioned earlier this light is geared
primarily towards Summit ographers but from what I understand this light isn’t
something that you would use as a main light or key light because typically
that’s gonna be a lot stronger but it’s gonna be perfect for using it as a fill
light or a hair light I actually use it as a sort of rim light kicker light
which you can’t see in the side of my face and I think on the side of my
shoulder here if you’ve been following my work lately you would know that I’ve
been doing a lot of portraits at night recently so although this light isn’t
something that you used as a main light when it comes to cinematography I think
it’s perfect for shooting portraits at night and want to go over some of the
reasons why right now the very first reason that I want to go over as to why
this light is gonna be perfect for shooting portraits at night is because
you won’t have any trouble getting focus when using a continuous light source if
you saw my tips for shooting portraits at night video you would know that one
of the main issues that you face when shooting portraits at night is an ending
focus when you don’t have something like a focus assist beam or somebody to
assist you in getting focused by using a light on the subject the next reason why
I think this light is perfect for shooting portraits at night is because
you’re gonna see exactly what the light is gonna look like if you take a look at
this clip from a portrait shoot that I did at night you can see that I asked
Ashley to go to the back left side of the model because I did know that I
wanted a little bit of rim light but I didn’t know exactly where it was gonna
be the very first shot that I took was a test shot but the model was posed
exactly how I wanted her to be and the light ended up looking really great for
that first shot was something that I actually ended up using in the video
what typically happens is during those 10 shots where I fine-tune the lighting
a little bit I’ll let the model completely relax and
be on their phone so I can fine-tune the light but if I had a continuous light
source I would know exactly how the lights gonna look like so what I have to
do those test shots the third and final reason why I think this light is perfect
for shooting portraits at night is because if you saw my tips for shooting
purchases at night video you know that one of the main issues
you face when shooting with strobes and speedlights is not getting the light
power low enough even on the lowest power output on my mini speed light
which actually used primarily to shoot portraits tonight it still comes off a
little too strong especially if there’s a lot of ambient light in the shot and
that’s where the power range of a continuous source of light like an LED
comes in handy if I want the light to be strong that can just boost it up to 99%
but if I need just a small hint of light and I can just lower it down to 10% if
you’re interested in this light or any of the other lights that aperture offers
you can check out the links in description area below to see more
information about them they do offer a wide variety of different types of LED
lights so you can get the ones that best suits your needs one like that I’m
actually looking into getting is the aperture 120 D and it’s actually the
light that Peter McCain uses for his videos and that little remote that I
mentioned earlier that is able to control the HR 670 – that light would
actually be able to control the 670 – and the 120 D so that would be pretty
convenient for me alright guys like I promised I’m gonna
go ahead and show you guys the behind scenes footage and photos from my photo
shoot that I did the other night using this light but before you go ahead and
check that out don’t forget to give the video a like if
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see more video content in the future all right take care guys

18 Replies to “LED Light for Night Portraits! – Review, Tips, Photoshoot w/ the Aputure HR67C , A7RIII, & Sigma 50”

  1. Nice video! I'm curious to see how the 120D performs with the light dome for night portrait photography. Have them send you a review unit. 😃

  2. It would have been great to see your camera settings on the photos mainly ISO. But happy to see you active again Francisco.

  3. Get a Rotolight ! They Have flash and can be used as a key light with modifiers that you already own and are round with controllable settings with a camera mounted controller . They also work well with no modifiers .

  4. glad you have given LED's a go at night … I shoot exactly ther same with a LED Rotolight Neo on a monopod … just so easy ..

  5. Always great work Francisco always great seeing your work, also it was great hanging out and seeing you guys. Keep up the great work and next time i see you drinks on me even though you really don't drink lol.

  6. Here's the exif data!
    1-2: ISO 100 – 1/400th – f/1.4
    3-6: ISO 250 – 1/250th – f/1.4
    7-8: ISO 200 – 1/200th – f/1.4
    9: ISO 400 – 1/200th – f/1.4
    10-11: ISO 160 – 1/200th – f/1.4
    12 – ISO 640th – 1/200th – f/1.4

    13 (OCF shot) – ISO 400 – 1/200th – f/1.4
    Main light was a R2 mini speedlite at 1/128th.
    Rim light was a R2 speedlite at 1/128th.

  7. Hey have you ever considered doing a video on your post processing so we can see what you got sooc and how you get to your final result

  8. Hey Francisco! Awesome channel!! FYI, I noticed that your affiliate links for the Sigma art 50mm 1.4 takes you to the Sony 85mm 1.4 instead.

  9. Wow I need to send these lights back LED sucks for portrait photography. I just purchased the Neewer 480s

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