How to create your own portrait light without breaking the budget ...

TOM KIRKMAN, EXPLORA:

The cameras in phones keep getting better and better, while the image quality in reduced-format cameras has shown superior quality in natural light. And they all have flashes, right? Then one day it hits you—usually after buying a DSLR and a flash—“I want more light,” and “I want it when I need it, not just on nice days, but maybe in the dark and rain.” Basically, you want to create light to more accurately express your perception of the subject or for cataloging or ecommerce, for example. Of the five kits below, four of them can be used by photographers and videographers. They all were chosen with budget in mind, and maximum effect with minimum gear to realize your signature look.

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