A bare LED (I.e. non-diffused) will be harder than a single large source of the same size due to the fact that it is an array of lots of hard lights. With matching diffusion, it will be identically soft. The quality of the light will be different as will the exposure falloff, but the actual softness will be the same. Few LED fixtures come without any diffusion because it can be difficult to get a consistent beam without it.If you're using a panel with a large quantity of LED lights.. like 600 tiny individual leds on the panel, it will be more diffuse and soft than if you were using a single large bulb with a comparable brightness value of the panel.
You're saying the opposite of me?A bare LED (I.e. non-diffused) will be harder than a single large source of the same size due to the fact that it is an array of lots of hard lights.
Depends on the size/relative size of the light - relative size includes how far away the subject is from it. Ultimately, every light has different falloff and output so an identical setup is only theoretical. That is to mean that in practice an LED will generally have much less output and a much quicker falloff meaning your subject will have to be closer to the light and the light will then be bigger relative to said subject, which in turn means that light is softer.If you have one bright light you'll get a very distinct shadow from the hard light.
A 3x3 panel of 600 bare led bulbs will be a harder light source than a 3x3 panel single light source, all other things being equal. Now, the difference may or may not be marginal and it's difficult to compare directly because in the real world you'll be unlikely to find a situation where you need to, nor where you will have a situation where all things are otherwise equal.If you have one bright light you'll get a very distinct shadow from the hard light.
If you have a 3x3 foot panel of 600 led bulbs you most certainly will not get the same hard shadow effect.
ahh yes absolutely. I wasn't imagining a 3x3 panel single light source because i dont encounter anything like that except through diffusion.A 3x3 panel of 600 bare led bulbs will be a harder light source than a 3x3 panel single light source, all other things being equal.