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Behind the Lens by Jay Holben

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4.31The Perfect Travel Companion: Lighting Kits

Just about every other month, and especially when I do lectures and workshops, I get asked about the “perfect” lighting kit. Invariably someone will send me a link to something they found online or bring me a brochure or ask me about this kit or that “Is it a good kit?”

My answer, unfortunately, is nearly always the same, “Looks like it could be good… It really depends… ”

Unfortunately, it does depend.

It depends on a lot of factors—such as:

  • Your budget
  • Your intended use(s)
  • Your shooting style
  • Your physical space/weight and size requirements

Budget is a biggie. Lighting is rarely, if ever, cheap. Although good, high-quality lighting fixtures will last you a long, long time and are, therefore, ...

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