18 Dec Mini review of the Aputure AL-H198, shot with the Fujifilm XT-2.

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Light is, no matter how you look at it, the most important part of a photograph or a film. The ability to control the amount, intensity, angle and color of light is a great tool for any photographer/videographer. I have tried my hand at flash photography many times before, but the ability not to see all the changes when moving, diffusing and flagging the light is really frustrating.

The ability to directly see the changes when moving and diffusing the light is one of the great advantages of using continues lighting. Thats why i bought 2 Aputure AL-H 198 led lights. I wanted to see what kind of output, and what possibilities i could have with these smal LED lights. The AL-H198 has, as the name implies 198 LED lights. The beam angle is quite wide, with a 60 degree angle. The light output is rated at 3430 LUX at 0,5 meters. The light is compact at 151 x 100 x 56 mm, and can be used as an onboard camera light. But the light can easily also be used as a fill light or a rim light. The light is probably strong enough as a key light for a headshot/half body shot without a diffuser, but suffer from low output if you need to diffuse the light (As you normally would on a key light). But if you are close enough, you can easily light small objects as you can see next.

Here is a test video i made using two AL-H198 led lights. The video was shot with my trusty Fujifilm XT-2. Shot at 1080, 60fps, edited in FCPX. For camera movements, i used a cheap rolling dolly skate. Remember to turn up the volume up and select 1080 resolution!! This is just a quick and dirty test, shot on my kitchen counter. There are some shadows on the wall, and the backdrop is a bit to close etc, i know. But this gives you an idea of what you can achieve. The mixed color temperatures was deliberately;) Next of I need to get some more modifiers, so i can flagg and control the light better. The key light was at full power in the video. The shutter speed was 1/120 sec, at f2.8. For a correct exposure i was at approximately iso 400-800 (Depending on the lights placement)…

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