For anyone beginning to delve into the art of using off camera lighting, it can be a bit daunting to decide where to start in acquiring new lighting equipment. Here is a great guide to the pros and cons of LED and strobe lighting so that you’ll be able to make the right choice for your next acquisition.
Enthusiastic host Joe Edelman presents a thorough comparison of LED and strobe lighting. He suggests that LED lights might be a good choice for those beginning to learn to light since they are always on and give you a realtime preview of how your subject will look as the lighting is changed. Compared to strobe lighting, the main drawback of LED lighting is output. Because the light produced by strobes only lasts for a fraction of a second, it is more powerful and can be used to overpower daylight or to freeze motion.
Edelman presents practical situations for which LED or strobe lights would be best suited. He shows how both can be used in a studio to achieve a similar result, though suggests that LED lights will encourage you to keep your studio a bit brighter so that your subject’s pupils aren’t too dilated.
This is an excellent review of the fundamentals of LED and strobe lighting, without getting into specifics of particular brands of equipment used. Watching this tutorial will allow to you make an informed decision on the kind of lighting that will work best for your next project.