Photography equipment can be pretty daunting at times, especially with such variety and costs attached to it, but out of all of the gear, lighting is perhaps the most confusing area to buy into.
I dread to think how many hours I lost leading up to buying my first off-camera flash setup back in the 2000s. Back then, it was still all pretty much a case of just having named brands like Canon, Pocket Wizards, and the big studio brands like Bowens and Broncolor. Today, there are hundreds of brands offering LED, speedlights, strobes, monoblocks, packs and heads, and a myriad of variations in-between from pretty much every brand, with several offering the same products but with different stickers on them. It can be a minefield trying to work out exactly what you need.
In this video, I go through some of the main types of lighting and discuss their pros and cons for various types of photographers. I also look at how I got into lighting and how that might differ in 2020.
Lighting is certainly more affordable at the entry point today, but it is also very confusing knowing what to go for. The big take-home from this video is that all light sources can be good light sources when used in the correct way for the right task. It is usually a case of simply working out what you need your light to do, which is where I offer advice.
What is your go-to light source for photography?