Wall of Light Baby Photography Lighting

It’s time for yet another update to my Baby Photography Lighting info! You might recall I did a previous post about my lighting here. Back then I was using a continuous light in a octagonal softbox. Recently I moved to a new studio and with the Sydney COVID lockdown restrictions, I saw the opportunity to get my dream lighting. A beautiful “wall of light”!

What is a Wall of Light?

Basically a Wall of Light is exactly as it sounds! It’s a wall of thin LED lighting panels placed side by side to make a large wall of light. It looks just like a huge window of natural light in photographs except it has a few huge benefits. Firstly, it’s artificial so it’s always the same strength regardless of the weather. And secondly, the colour temperature stays the same regardless of the time of day. You literally just flick a switch and you’re good to go. Another great benefit is that you don’t have an annoying light stand that you need to move around and it takes up no space. The panels are about an inch thick so it’s fantastic for smaller studio spaces.

What equipment do I need to build a Wall of Light? Is it expensive?

The main thing you’ll need are LED panels. You can get these relatively cost effectively at places like Bunnings or online on eBay. The number of panels you’ll need depends on how large a space you’d like. The larger your wall though, the softer the light. Your best bet is to get as many panels as possible. The biggest time and expense comes with installing the panels together. You’ll need some timber framing to enclose them as well as the expertise to wire them together.

LED wall panels are installed together with timber framing to create a large wall of light. This sort of light is perfect for in-studio baby photography sessions

How do I soften the light once my LED panels are installed?

Once your Wall of Light is installed, you’ll need some white ripstop material hanging in front of the panels to soften the light. This is a very cheap nylon material that you can buy from fabric stores such as Spotlight. You’ll need at least 2 layers to make the light nice and soft.

Ready to transform your studio space?

I hope that you found this information helpful! I’d love to see some photos once you’ve transformed your studio space with your very own Wall of Light!

Good luck!

Amy x

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    About amy - newborn & baby photographer sydney
    - Academy of newborn photography
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    Hi! I'm Amy Tong. I'm a newborn baby photographer in the Sydney Inner West surburb of Balmain, Australia. I'm Mum to 3 little ones, and wife to my best friend of almost 20 years. I've always been creative. A lover of music, art and history. Photography has been an important part of my life since I first picked up a camera as a hobby back in 2008.

     

    I began my career as a professional baby photographer back in 2012 and have had the honour of photographing over 300 babies since then.
    To me, photography allows us to preserve moments in time for future generations. I can't think of any better job in the world. I'd love to hear from you and help you hold on to these special moments too..

    Amy xx

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