This Year’s Best Lighting Kits For Photography

It can be difficult to choose the right lighting kit for you, given the wide range of options. We have compiled a list of our top picks and the key features that you can expect from a great lighting system to help you navigate the sea of options.

Flashpoint StreakLight 360

Level of the user: For Beginners

The key features The Flashpoint StreakLight 360 is a versatile system for flash lighting that you can use to get started.

The many outstanding features make this adjustable flash stand out. This flash is not only powerful but also has precise-focused manual exposure. It’s well-built so you can rely on it every time you use it.

Elinchrom DX4/4 Softbox To-Go Kit

User level: Beginner

The key features Softbox To Go Kit, a portable photography lighting kit, live up to its name. The flash boasts a 400W monolight with multi-voltage and a 0.35 second recycling time. It also features an EL Skysport Transmitter Plus, which is great for wireless and reliable manual triggering.

Flashpoint Pro TTL Pocket Flashkit

User level: Enthusiast/Professional

The key featuresEach flash comes with 500 shots and a rechargeable, removable lithium battery. The bare-bulb head generates 360deg lighting and can be controlled with optional reflectors.

Interfit Honey Badger, 320Ws 2-Light kit

User level: Enthusiast/Professional

The key featuresThis flash kit is easy to transport and lightweight. It can be carried as fast as your heart rate. Don’t let the 3-pound weight fool your eyes. This compact flash head packs a lot of amazing features, including wireless compatibility (15 channels) and 8 control groups (8). It has a 1 second full power recycle time and flash durations up to 1/900 seconds when powered by a 60W LED bulb.

Badger Unleashed, TTL/HSS DC Flash

User level: Enthusiast/Professional

The key featuresThe Honey Badger Unleashed flash head is just as powerful and versatile as its predecessor. It has a 250Ws strobe, HSS/TTL capability, and is battery-powered. You can also use it without a battery (2900mAh), so you’re completely free to take photos wherever you go.

Dynalite Baja Monolight 2-Light Kit

User level: Intermediate/Professional

The key features The monolight can be used for many purposes. It ships with a 300W model light. However, if you require a constant light source, a 650W lamp can easily fit into it. The Baja’s flash range is 1/12,800 seconds up to 1/500 seconds and can be used at distances of up to 590ft.

Profoto Flash Duo Kit Off-Camera Flash

User level: Professional

The key features following are some options for lighting control: Proftoto B10 is a strong competitor. This portable flash kit is easy to use and has many features. It provides consistent lighting and low battery consumption.

Elinchrom ELC125 / 500TTL To Go Set

User level: Professional/Experienced

The key features The Elinchrom ELC offers a leap in technology and innovation with its short recycle times and flash durations of just 1/7550 seconds. This advanced dual lighting kit comes with two 90deg wide-angle reflectors.

Broncolor siros L 800Ws 2-Light outdoor kit 2

User level: Professional/Experienced

The key featuresAlthough many photographers don’t have a studio, their lighting is often limited by space. Bronocolor Siros is portable studio lighting that’s comparable to professional-quality lighting. This powerful outdoor lighting kit can out-flash any sun with a flash speed up to 1/18000 seconds.

Smith Victor KT1500LED Two Socket Light Kit

User level: Professional/Experienced

The key features: The Smith-Victor KT1500LED portable kit features the most recent LED lighting technology matched to the highest quality light output. It can be used indoors or outdoors. Each double-head holder comes with its own power switch that gives control to the photographer.

Profoto Pro-10 2400 Power Pack

User level: Professional

The key features of Profoto Pro-10 is all about speed and action. This 2400Ws flash allows you to focus on the things that truly inspire you. It can flash at speeds up to 50 flashes per minute and flash durations of up to 1/80,000 seconds.

OrangeMonkie Foldio3 Mini Studio Shooting Tent

This amazing piece of equipment can be added to your best lighting kit for photograph to create professional-looking images. It folds up easily and can be assembled in less than 10 minutes. This is an essential tool for professional photographers and smartphone enthusiasts.

Continuous lighting

Adorama offers continuous lighting kits that will illuminate your photography world. You can be confident that you will be able to use the lighting to your advantage, regardless of your level of skill or experience. If you already own elements of a lighting system but want to add more, check out our light stands or other accessories.

What are the three types of lighting used in photography?

No matter what lighting kit you choose it is important to know the main lighting types and when they are best used.

Artificial lighting

Artificial lighting is created by constant or strobe lights. It provides light sources in situations where natural light isn’t possible or appropriate. Although artificial lighting is often used in studios, it can also be effective outdoors.

Natural lighting

Natural lighting is primarily provided by the sun. The natural light on cloudy days is diffused and soft, while it creates hard edges shadows when there is no cloud cover. Natural lighting is the most common method of outdoor photography.

Combination lighting

For outdoor shoots, many experienced photographers favor the use of both artificial and natural lighting. The right lighting modifiers can enhance the natural light to match it. This creates a beautiful lit subject indoors and outdoors.

Softbox or Umbrella Lighting?

Softboxes or umbrellas are great for shooting in artificial lighting. These accessories can improve the lighting quality and flatter your subject. What is the difference between these two types of modifiers?

Softboxes

Softboxes can be placed between a light source, such as a strobe light or constant light, and the subject. One can be used with constant or strobe lights to spread the light evenly. You get a pleasing, even coverage with minimal hotspots and soft shadows. Softboxes are usually larger and more difficult to set up than other options.

Umbrellas

There are two types of umbrellas: reflected and shoot-through. Shoot-through umbrellas can be used as an easy alternative to a softbox. Although they diffuse light well, they are not as effective as softboxes.

Reflected umbrellas allow you to aim the light at the subject and bounce it back toward them using the umbrella as a bowl reflection. Both types of umbrellas can be set up and taken down quickly and easily.