Essential Lighting Equipment Every Photographer Should Have

Whether you’re a getting into photography as a hobby, or you aspire to become a professional photographer, you are going to need the right equipment to take the best pictures. Lighting is one of the most vital pieces of equipment for a photographer to have.

If you’re new to taking photos, it can be difficult to determine what lighting equipment to purchase, studio lighting is very different than trying to light up a room in your home. There are so many different options to choose from, which can make selecting the right lighting a difficult task for a novice photographer. The type of lighting that you will be the most useful really depends on your specific needs; however, here’s a look at some key types of led studio lighting equipment that you would be worth your while to invest in…

A Continuous Lighting Kit

If you are going to be taking still life photos, a continuous on camera lighting kit will be really helpful. The primary advantage of this type of lighting is that it allows you to really see how the light will look in your picture before you start shooting. It’s also simple to adjust, so you can manipulate your light with ease.

A Speed Lighting Kit

Speed lights are external flash units that are often used with soft boxes or umbrellas to disperse light. Speed lights are faster than traditional flashes and are highly versatile. This type of lighting kit is best used for product still life shots, action shots or products shots.

Speed lights are very lightweight, easy to manipulate and easy to transport, which makes them an excellent option when you need to set up quickly. To take full advantage of a speed light kit, you should buy a few different flashes, as well as an accessory kit, such as reflectors or umbrellas, which will disperse the light over the objects you are trying to target in your photos.

Mono Light Strobe Lighting Kits

A self-contained strobe unit that features reflectors, stands and power sources, a mono light strobe kit is another useful lighting kit for a beginner photographer. They often come with a continuous lighting set, too. In other words, this kit comes with everything you need to light your photo shoots.

Mono light strobe kits are commonly used for product and model photo shoots. They are also easy to set up and adjust, allowing you to create the best light over the subjects of your photographs.

The type of lighting set you should purchase really depends on the type of photos you are going to be shooting and your personal preference. To determine which option will best suit your needs, examine photos that have been taken using each of the above-mentioned lighting kits. Compare the images and choose the photos that you like the lighting in the best. Doing so will give you a good idea of what type of lighting kit will create the images that you are hoping to create and that will work the best for you.

Whatever option you choose, we do recommend that you purchase at least two light sources and a back up 12 volt portable power battery. Doing so will ensure that you have the right amount of light, and allows for more versatility in your lighting setups.