Studio lights are fantastic. I have a pair of Genesis 200‘s that fit the space I use perfectly.
But they do need to be plugged in. Thats a problem when you want to photograph someone in a field. Or in a wood. Or on a beach. I could spend a fortune on a battery pack for them – but then I’d be visiting the chiropractor to reset my thrown back every few weeks.
It’s got to be portable. Speedlights are the way to go. I already have a Canon 580EXII, an awesome, powerful and portable light unit – but by itself, it’s not a solution. So I’ve been shopping.
On it’s way to me is a used, but in great condition, 430 EXII
This isn’t as powerful as my 580EXII, but it can act as a slave to both my existing speedlight, and to the onboard flash of my EOS 7D camera – no wires, battery powered, and weighs a whopping 11oz
I’ve also just placed an order for a softbox – firing a bare flash at a subject is far from flattering – you need to tame that light a bit. Softboxes are a great option, as they don’t get blown away, like an umbrella would, and you can add grids, baffles and other modifiers to make those photons go where you would prefer them too. The Softbox I wanted was pushing $300- which is a bit much for my budget. Fortunately, there are some very reputable companies out there producing some very nice gear at a fraction of this cost – a setup like the below (not my setup, but I’ll have something very close) is 1/3 the cost
I should have all of this coming through in the next week or so – and I will have it in time for a very exciting photo shoot I hope to be able to schedule, out in western MA.
So thats portable, battery powered lights that will give me power, mobility and not throw my back out. Guess that means location photography is a GO!