Backlighting with Compact LED Lights

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As the demand for video increases in a photographer’s workflow, so does the need for additional continuous lighting.  The advent of LED lighting has seen the arrival of many lightweight and versatile products, such as the Yongnuo YN-160S Pro LED Video Light.  The YN-160S features 160 LED lamps with 16 levels of adjustment, 5500K color temperature, is compatible with seven different kinds of batteries, ships with two filters, one hot shoe mount (with metal foot) and table stand.

This little guy has become one of the most frequently used (and abused) tools in my bag, and not just for video fill.  Should an impromptu portrait shoot arise, I’m likely to have only one flash and maybe a reflector on hand at the time.  With a compact LED or two in the bag, I can quickly throw a second or third continuous light source in the mix to further separate…

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