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Lighting with Constant Light

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Special Effects for Video

Mark Wallace

Lighting with Constant Light

Mark Wallace

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17. Special Effects for Video
Mark creates some scenes for video using the FX settings on his LED lights. Using various settings, he can make light that appears to be coming from a TV, a bad light bulb, a police car, and a lightning storm.

Lesson Info

Special Effects for Video

I love LED lights because you can use them for stills and video. We can change light modifiers. We can change color temperatures, we can change colours but if you're using them specifically for videos you can do even more. You can use special effects. So I've got this Paavo tube here. I can turn it on. I can make it look like a cop car. I can make it look like a different candle or flash or flash timer. I've got a storm mode. S. O. S. Mode can make it look like lightning or anything I want really with this Paavo tube and the cool thing is all of the different forms of lights that we're using have all the same effects and so you can create all kinds of things using your imagination. So that's what we're gonna do here. So we're gonna widen out a little bit. And the cool thing is we have just to lights and we're going to emulate what life was like for Theresa right after college or during college. So use your imagination if you will and imagine that we have an old apartment here and she's...

sitting on a couch. We've got an old tv here that she's going to be watching. There's a light bulb up here that's just not working very well because the wiring isn't very good. It's going to be going out. Theresa is a little tired we want to create that scene with our lighting. So we're going to focus on the lighting. That's why we didn't build out a set over here we have a camera sort of low this is going to film just Teresa nothing else. So our imagination we'll see the T. V. And the bad light and all of that kind of stuff. So up here We have a nan light for is a b. I have it set at the special effects bad light and so it can flicker on and off as if we had a tungsten light going out. So let's start by turning that on someone turn this guy on. So now what we're gonna do is we're gonna turn off the lights illuminating me and now we have Theresa she looks sort of cool she's just hanging out there. But what will happen is it's gonna start flickering because we have that special effect on and it's sort of random as a bad light bulb would be. So it's just sort of hanging out if you're making a video this is gonna be great. Now what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna go here and I'm going to turn on my force of 500. I have it set to TV so it's a TV effect. So what it will do is just gonna start flickering on and off with that weird TV flicker that you'll see through people's windows and so we can look and see this scene and so it's Theresa watching tv at night with a bad light bulb above her head and if I want to make it just look like a T. V. Set. I can do that. I can turn off my bad bulb now. We just have her looking at tv. That's pretty cool. Or I like this other little effect here where we have a bad light bulb turned on. The thing is you can use your imagination and create just about any scene conceivable. It's really really cool and I love that you can do that. It's the special effects that you get on all of the forsa lights. That's really really cool. So special effects use your imagination and create something awesome.

Class Description


  • Shape light using specific light fixtures and modifiers
  • Understand the different types of LED lights and the benefits of each
  • Freeze motion to create stunning action photos
  • Mix RGB light to create interesting color effects
  • Work with different light modifiers to get the exact look you want
  • Create lighting setups that fit your style


For years constant lights have been reserved for video and film production only. But things have changed dramatically in a short amount of time. Using state-of-the-art LED lights, you can create stunning portraits, freeze motion, and create video content. You no longer need two lighting systems.

In this class, Mark Wallace explains the different types of constant light, uses hands-on demonstrations to show you how to control light, and creates many of his favorite lighting styles.

Mark explains the different types of light fixtures and light modifiers to help you make an informed decision when purchasing your lights. This class is perfect for anyone who wants to create interesting portraits and videos using LED lights.


  • Beginner to Intermediate portrait photographers
  • Anyone looking to use constant light for still photography as well as video
  • Photographers looking to expand their creative horizons by using new tools


Adobe Photoshop CC 2021
Adobe Lightroom Classic 2021


Mark Wallace is a photographer based in the United States. Best known for his web-based video series Digital Photography One on One and Exploring Photography sponsored by Adorama.

Millions of people have watched Mark’s videos on YouTube, and the numbers continue to grow. Mark has a solid social media following on Facebook and Twitter, where he spends time with viewers and workshop attendees.

In 2014, Mark left the United States to embark on a 2-year worldwide adventure. He visited 28 countries and captured thousands of unique photographs across the globe.

In 2016 Mark decided to give up planes, trains, and automobiles and is now exploring the world on his motorcycle.

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Great course very informative and a pleasure to watch love the way you teach so easy to understand and follow through. learned a lot about continuous lighting ty

Alessandro Zugno

This is a very useful class for who want to start shooting video or photo with constant light. Creative Live should make more class on videography.