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portable lighting kit
Travis Morisse, Photographer
Hutchinson | KS | USA | Posted: 11:01 PM on 06.17.15
->> Looking for suggestions on portable lighting kits. Something fairly small but powerful for on sight portraits for our newspaper.
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Travis Haughton, Photographer
Oak Park | IL | USA | Posted: 2:26 AM on 06.18.15
->> You shouldn't need much more than a few good speed lights. If you're a Canon paper, I'd check out the 600 EXs. Built-in radio transmitter make them super fast and versatile. Add a small softbox, grids, and gels and you can do just about anything.

If you regularly need to over power the sun, look into a set of Dynalites. I'd have to be well equipped on Bodies and glass before buying big lights though.
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David Seelig, Photographer
Hailey | ID | USA | Posted: 3:34 AM on 06.18.15
->> For me Elinchrom Quadras I have been using them for my New Orleans project for 4 years now go look at www.davidseelig.com under galleries and then personal work New Orleans;
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AJ Mast, Photographer, Photo Editor
Indianapolis | IN | USA | Posted: 8:00 AM on 06.18.15
->> I have used several different small lights for kits over the years.

Right now I use 2 LumoPro 180's, couple of double fold collapsible umbrellas, compact 7.5" stands and wizards. Whole thing fits in a bag I can sling over my back and always have in my trunk. If you went with cheaper radios ~$600 for the kit.

http://strobist.blogspot.com/2013/07/lumopro-lp180-speedlight-full-walk-thr...

http://mpex.com/strobist-starving-2-light-kit.html
(take out the stuff you don't need form the kit)

I prefer this to Canon TTL's as I use only manual for this kind of portrait work and find the LP180's way more versatile. (optical slave, mini-phone sync port, zoom and power buttons, built in 1/4"-20 mount)

I have bigger Elinchroms when I need them, but this kit is great for quick and easy without an assistant.
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David Hungate, Photographer
Roanoke | VA | United States | Posted: 11:07 AM on 06.18.15
->> I use two Alien Bees and their Vagabond battery/inverter. Add three Nikon speed lights and a couple Pocket Wizards and there you go. It all fits in a big Domke bag and is enough to light pretty much anything outside of an arena. I carry a separate bag that holds four Chetah stands, a collapsible softbox and a few umbrellas. The lights sit on my roller bag and stands on my shoulder. A five light kit that is small and powerful and gets the job done.

Small. That's relative, but in the world of lighting, it is pretty compact.
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Brad Tollefson, Photographer, Assistant
Lubbock | TX | USA | Posted: 11:19 AM on 06.18.15
->> At my college paper we had two kits, one small and one large. 3x 580EX II, 4x Pocket Wizard III, and an assortment of stands and modifiers. The large kit consisted of 2x Alien Bee 800s, a vagabond mini, and pocket wizards stuffed into (I think) a Pelican 1650 with lid organizer. Also, the pelican case had plenty of room to expand to four ABs and three Vagabonds.

The Strobist style kit was used far more often, but the large kit came in handy when needed and could double as a basic studio set up as well.
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Tom Ewart, Photographer
Bentonville | AR | USA | Posted: 5:54 PM on 06.18.15
->> I have a few more sets and some larger gear, but What David Hungate are some of my usual go to location gear. Both the options he mentions are durable, inexpensive and easy to manage...You will love Paul Buff for there customer service and repairs.
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Michael Clark, Photographer
Santa Fe | NM | USA | Posted: 12:26 AM on 06.19.15
->> If you are looking for a battery powered strobe, you might check out my review of the Elinchrom ELB 400 and also a comparison between those and the Profoto B1 and B2 units. Here are the links:

ELB 400 review:

http://blog.michaelclarkphoto.com/?p=3830

Comparison:

http://blog.michaelclarkphoto.com/?p=3886
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Corey Perrine, Photographer
Naples | FL | USA | Posted: 8:17 AM on 06.19.15
->> Yongnuo's have been all the rage from people I talk to. No personal experience though.

http://www.amazon.com/Yongnuo-Professional-Speedlight-Flashlight-Olympus/dp...+nikon

http://www.amazon.com/Yongnuo-YN568EXN-USA-Speedlite-High-Speed-Warranty/dp...+nikon

http://www.amazon.com/Yongnuo-Professional-Speedlight-YN-568EX-Nikon/dp/B00...+nikon
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Michael Augustin, Photographer
Plano | TX | USA | Posted: 10:40 AM on 06.19.15
->> +1 for Elinchrom Portable Lighting Kits (Quadra's or the new ELB 400's).

HyperSync capability with PW's, lightweight, awesome modifiers, fast flash duration (Action heads) and extremely portable.
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Kevin Krows, Photographer
Forsyth | IL | USA | Posted: 6:36 AM on 06.20.15
->> Profoto B1-500
http://www.sportsshooter.com/message_display.html?tid=42122

Dynalite Baja 400
http://www.sportsshooter.com/message_display.html?tid=42669
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Kevin Krows, Photographer
Forsyth | IL | USA | Posted: 7:21 AM on 06.20.15
->> Travis - I think you will find that there are several different options for you to consider. However, based on your original question for something small, powerful, and for location portraits, I think your best option would be a pair of speedlights and a remote trigger.

For Example (only if you are using newer Canon cameras)

2 - Canon 600EX-RT Speedlights
2 - Canon ST-E2 RT Wireless Transmitter
2 - Canon 8 Cell Battery Packs
26 - High Quality Rechargeable Batteries
1 - Battery Charger
Portable stands, umbrellas, and other sh*t

Approximate Budget $1,800.00


Since you work for a newspaper, they may not be willing the shell out that kind of money so you may need to come up with less expensive options. If that's the case, many folks will turn to Paul Buff for a solution.

1 - B800 (Buy the Black Color)
1 - Battery Pack
2 - Pocket Wizards (only because they can be used for other things.)
Portable stand, umbrella, and other sh*t

Approximate Budget $ 700.00


If money is no object and you want portability without the hassle of cords or having to plug receivers in etc, the Profoto B1-500 and TTL Air Remote is a very nice solution. I would budget $3000.00. Just make sure the Air Remote supports the camera you are using otherwise you would be better off using Pocket Wizards.

There are also other options on both the high side and low side of cost. I really can't speak on any of those because I have limited or no experience with them. It would be very unfair and highly inappropriate of me comment on those products which I don't have actual working knowledge of (by that I mean months/years of use).
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Rick Osentoski, Photographer
Martin | OH | USA | Posted: 6:07 PM on 06.23.15
->> I have been using these fro a total portable package.
http://www.adorama.com/FPLFSL360K1.html
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Kevin Krows, Photographer
Forsyth | IL | USA | Posted: 8:40 PM on 06.23.15
->> Rick - That's a pretty cost effective and powerful solution. I like that Flashpoint has some well thought out accessories to offer as well.

How's the build quality and performance??
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Nic Coury, Photographer
Monterey | CA | | Posted: 1:46 PM on 06.24.15
->> It all comes down to budget.

I have Alien Bees, which are typically used more for personal portraits and larger projects.

For my newspaper work, I like being portable and effective with as little gear as possible.

Small kit includes two PW Plus IIs, SB-800, light stand and shoot-through umbrella.

This was shot with that:

http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/montereycountyweekly.com/conten...

Sometimes I'll throw in a second light, but I like simple things.

PW Plus IIs are really all you need for basic lighting, unless you're doing remotes or lights with a ton of other photogs, but I'm not.

For the strobist setup, older Nikon SB-24s are dirt cheap and powerful for most stuff and have the coveted PC input for PWs. I like the SB-900s for the 200mm zoom.

Here's another news cover I shot recently with a similar lighting setup:

http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/montereycountyweekly.com/conten...
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Kevin Krows, Photographer
Forsyth | IL | USA | Posted: 8:45 PM on 06.24.15
->> Good points Nic .... simple is more often than not.... a better solution.
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