Luxli Fiddle Pocket gives a pleasing, natural light, perfect for still life and video

Vanelli Vanelli


Currently, he is the Director of Education at Skylum Software, teaching workshops, writing for Photofocus and creating tutorials for the Vanelli and Friends series.

Luxli Fiddle Pocket gives a pleasing, natural light, perfect for still life and video
Luxli Fiddle Pocket gives a pleasing, natural light, perfect for still life and video

The Luxli Fiddle Pocket is a small, powerful light that can be used for both portraits and video. I chose to test it out for some still life photos. I also used the flashing red and blue strobe — simulating a police light — to prank my son … but that’s a different story.

First, the Luxli Fiddle RGB LED Light Specs

  • Rugged & portable aluminum construction
  • 1550+ Lux at 19.7″ from 2800° to 10,000°K
  • Integrated battery with 3-hour runtime
  • Bluetooth 5 with 100′ wireless range
  • Precise hue & saturation control
  • 150 x digital gel filters
  • Luxli Composer App for iOS/Android
  • Full-color LCD interface
  • USB Type-C 18W charger included
  • 2 x 1/4″-20 mounting points

Using the Luxli Fiddle light on a still life photoshoot

Normally I would use a studio strobe or a speedlight mounted off-camera. The setup isn’t too complicated but it does require extra equipment and a light meter to dial in-camera settings. Using continuous light lets you bypass this setup and enables you to see how the light interacts with the scene. 

Using the Luxli Fiddle light, I was able to place the light exactly where I wanted it and then adjusted the strength and color of the light from my phone. This made shooting very relaxing and comfortable. 

Image: Setup_Light

Avoid camera shake, stabilize the camera

Strobes and speedlights are designed to freeze action. This allows you to shoot at a slow shutter speed with or without a tripod. 

Continuous light doesn’t have this luxury. It isn’t designed to freeze action so stabilizing the camera to avoid camera shake is very important. For this shoot, I was able to lay the camera flat on the table and slowed my shutter speed until my camera’s meter gave me the correct exposure. Luxli Fiddle light’s power surprised me. I was able to maintain a respectable shutter speed and keep my ISO low. 

If your camera supports it, use live view or use a mirrorless camera to see exactly what you’re shooting before you press the shutter button. 

My overall thoughts

The Luxli Fiddle is a small, powerful, versatile light. I wouldn’t use it as a key light for a portrait shoot, but I would recommend it for a still life shoot and as a fill light for videos. The battery life is amazing even when using it at full power. 

If you shoot a lot of still life or you are just starting out with video, I would recommend adding the Luxli Fiddle light to your photo gear list.

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