Studio flash lighting versus LED lights: Which is better?

LED lighting vs studio flash lighting comparison
(Image credit: Karl Taylor)

Lighting is one of the most important aspects of photography – and ensuring that you've picked the right tools for the job is essential. There are plenty of options available for shooting, ranging from conventional studio flashes to LED lighting options, but which one is the better choice? 

LED lights can be great for a number of reasons. First of all, the control you have over color is far greater with LED continuous lighting equipment. Some of the best LED panels now have the ability to scroll through a range of kelvin settings. This can be extremely useful for those trying to balance ambient and artificial lighting. 

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Usman Dawood

Usman is a commercial and architectural photographer based in West Yorkshire, who has been working professionally for over seven years. He has also spent over four years as a writer for the biggest photography sites in the world, including Staff Writer for Digital Camera World, senior staff writer for FStoppers, and tech writer for Petapixel. 

With a particular interest in technology developments, high-resolution imaging and the high-end cameras, Usman has been on the cutting edge of camera news as well as writing features about medium format systems and global shutters, and has reviewed some of the latest Leica cameras as well as a tripod that’s even taller than Andre the Giant!