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Photo Lighting Sets

Ideal for achieving the perfect shots for products, models, and interviews, these photo lighting sets will illuminate your subjects brilliantly and eliminate annoying shadows that could ruin an image. Our selection includes inexpensive options suitable for hobbyists, as well as more powerful kits for professional shooters.

Unnatural Light

I've spoken to a lot of photographers who've been honing their craft for years, some of whom have been shooting professionally for decades, and I hear the same sentiment from so many of them time and time again. It usually goes something like this: "I prefer to shoot using natural light."

To an unstudied photographer, a statement like this might seem admirable, as though this photographer is so skilled that he or she doesn't need any help from additional lighting. The truth of the matter is that, when you hear a photographer say this (or, let's be honest, if you say this), it's usually an indication that the photographer in question isn't confident with their lighting abilities.

Admittedly, I fell into this camp for a time, and I've uttered some form of that natural light nonsense to seasoned photographers and complete rubes alike. So, I get it. Lighting is an intimidating part of the photographer's education. It's finicky and fickle, it's slow and tedious, and it takes a lifetime to master it.

The good news is that with just a few weeks of practice and a couple of tutorial videos, you can at least get the hang of it, and start building out your style from there.

Now, it's important to understand why the flash on your camera, or a flash mounted in the hot shoe, can't do what these kits can do. Good lighting comes down to your control over three elements: direction, softness, and contrast. With a flash mounted on your camera, you have next to no control over direction, its size severely limits its softness, and it can't create very much contrast, given that it's a single light.

The sets on this list give you multiple light sources that you can place anywhere around your subject, which will provide you with compelling light directions as well as control over contrast. All you have to do is offset the power of one source against another coming from a different direction, and you've got contrast.

The lights in every set we've reviewed also come with what are called banks or soft boxes. These are diffusion and reflection tools the increase the size of your light source. Think about a photograph you might take of a statue on a sunny day. Depending on the position of the sun, you get a certain amount of contrast, but the light is hot and harsh, creating shadows that are too dark and hot spots that overexpose and lose detail.

If you take that same picture on a cloudy day, all those nasty little shadows disappear, and the light is generally more flattering for the statue. That's because the clouds create a natural soft box for the sun, evening out the light and bringing the source much closer to the subject than the sun's eight light-second distance. It may sound counter-intuitive that moving your lights closer will fix a harshness problem in your photos, but make that the first experiment you do with your new set to see if I'm right.

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