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Before buying another lens or camera- get these lighting essentials



When I first started out, I thought buying a better camera would make me a better photographer…


the first thing I would do is invest in lighting….



So many photographers have so many different modifiers, brands and equipment.


Lights range from 150$ to 1,000$.
Some plug in- some are battery operated.
How much money do you need to save up?



 
I've been shooting out of my home for YEARS and I can tell you that you don't need ALOT of equipment. Just some simple essentials to get great images that don't break the bank.


 

Everything determines on WHAT you are shooting.

If you are doing a simple headshot with ONE light and ONE modifier like this:



I used my favorite portable rechargeable light source: Godox AD 200

They fly small and they pack a punch during traveling gigs and weddings too!


This remote trigger is the companion with this light and very easy to use and carry!


Make sure that you get the one that matches your camera brand! (don't get a sony one and expect it to work on a canon! )




I attached it to my modifier with this S ring from Godox




I used this NEEWER octobox diffuser for soft light

Make sure you get quality lightstands that can withstand a beating! I have had to duct tape so many over the years!




Need a simple external flash that can reflect off of ceilings or to use for realestate, food or indoor events?



 
Want to spice up your home studio with some simple gear?



add some Cellophane colored gels to your lights with no diffuser to get a different look:




 
Need a cutting high-contrast effect for fitness door fashion?

combine your light source with these small portable beauty dishes that fit in a small bag!