There was a time when you could be a blogger, without being a great photographer. As long as you were a good writer, your photos could just be okay…it wasn’t the end all of the blogging world. That’s not so much the case anymore. Any passionate blogger in today’s blogosphere knows that in addition to writing things that people want to read, you also have to be a semi-professional photographer to really excel at your craft. For me this realization was a rude awakening because this girl was no photographer. It’s something I’ve been working pretty hard on and I have been improving, but I’m always on the lookout for new tips, tricks, and tools to help me along the way.
What I came across this time around and was pretty excited to review was the Chromo, Inc. 160 LED High Power Panel Light. For me it was a tool that I could definitely see myself using a ton because basically, I live in an older house with super crappy lighting and often times I’m taking my photos in the evenings when natural light isn’t a readily available resource either. This could be a life saver if it worked!
About the Chromo, Inc. 160 LED High Power Panel Light:
- The Chromo Inc® 160 LED Light is compatible with many different kinds of lithium batteries: Sony NP-FH70, NP-FM55H, AA, and many others.
- It is easy to know the battery capacity: press the test button, 4-LED On means battery full, 1-LED On means battery low.
- There are three filters included with this item, one white filter to soften the light (diffuse effect); one warm filter to reduce the color temperature and one Pink filter.
- Rotate switch is to be used to turn the light on/off and adjust the brightness. Hot shoe design can be attached to the video cam or DC
Does It Work?
Short answer, yes it does. I took a few shots in the evening at my computer desk using this light and my photos turned out great. Much better than if I had just used the available house lighting or a regular camera flash. As far as the different filters, I couldn’t really tell any difference between the three, but I think they’re meant to be subtle and to the trained eye of someone with actual photography training, they may be more valuable than to someone like me who is winging it as she goes. Since I use my cell phone camera and my Sony QX10 Lens a ton, I actually mounted this light on a small tripod that I have rather than the camera itself which made it super easy to move it where I wanted it or out of the way entirely.
For me, at the current price of $26.95 on Amazon, its completely worth it. If you purchase now, Chromo, Inc. is currently offering $5 off to Horseshoes & Hand Grenades readers. Just use promo code U29RWEVS during check out.
Is this something you think you would fine useful or would it help improve your photos? What’s your best photography advice? Let me know in the comments below and thanks for reading!
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