M50: Using LED lights for shooting stills?

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Casey Cheung Senior Member • Posts: 1,177
M50: Using LED lights for shooting stills?

Anyone tried using portable hot/cold shoe mounted LED lights for lighting and shooting stills of people/portraits and small events? I bought a few different portable LED lights for doing videos, but the thought occurred to me of also using the same LED lights for shooting (casual) still photography for portraits and maybe small groups.

I currently have these portable LED lights for shooting videos (will use either on top of the M50 hotshoe or on top of a light stand):

Moman LED light (will use this on top of the M50 hotshoe as fill or primary light. This light is pretty amazing given its small size and ability)


Viltrox LED light (since this light is larger, maybe too large for the M50 hotshoe, will use this on top of a light stand as primary light)


Neewer LED light (this very small light will be used for background or secondary fill light)


I already did some test still shots with my M50 camera using the Moman LED light set at 5600K at different power levels from 50% to 100% brightness. Even though the constant light emitting out of the device appears VERY dang blinding to my eyes, the actual image exposure is not particularly bright. I think a main problem is my 15-45mm zoom kit lens is just too darn slow, especially when zoomed out to 45mm which gets me a pitiful f6.3. I had to bump up the ISO between 400 to 800 to get a usable exposure handheld.

Another idea is to use an LED light as the primary, off-camera handheld, and also use the M50 pop-up flash as a fill?

By the way, I used to do professional wedding photography over 10 years ago and retired from it. So I used to own and use lots of Nikon/Metz/DynaLight/Photogenic flashes for doing intense photoshoots, so I do know what it takes to get "real" results, LOL! I'm now just using my M50 camera for doing casual stuff and don't want to carry heavy equipment anymore.

Canon EOS M50 (EOS Kiss M)
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