Lighting is a pretty important part of photography and video.

This luxpad LED panel is really nice because you can adjust the color temperature and brightness of the LEDs, but sometimes there’s situations where that just isn’t enough when you need total control of your light source.

That’s when barn doors are awesome.

Barn doors are basically an attachment that’s fitted in front of your light source and it sorta looks like a set of barn doors.

The barn doors are fixed to a hinge, allowing them to be adjust so that it can shape the beam of light coming from the source.

This is really helpful because it can be used to prevent the scatter of light from spilling into areas you don’t want - such as hotspots from a subject's face, or highlights from the surface of an object.

This guide was first published on Mar 07, 2016. It was last updated on Mar 08, 2024.

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