Joey L. is a photographer best known for his stunning personal work creating portraits of the peoples of Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, and other exotic places of the world. He uses studio lights on-location to achieve his unique and dramatic look for his portraits of these exotic people. Consequently, he is frequently asked about what lighting gear he takes with him for those kinds of shoots. Recently, Joey made a video and blog post outlining three major options for portable studio lighting for photographers with varying budgets who want Joey L.-esque studio lighting on the go.
In his blog post, Joey L. reviews three kits based on lights by Paul C. Buff, Profoto, and Broncolor. He goes over the basic items in a kit. Namely, "four main items — a flash head, a soft modifier, a power source, and a stand — as well as any other things you need to make your lights fire with your camera.” The main criteria of the kit described in his blog post are that it be powerful, portable, battery powered, and lightweight. As a result, Joey L. excludes speed lights and lead acid battery dependent packs from the kits he discusses.
Here are the three kits Joey L. reviews in the video:
- Paul C. Buff Einstein E640 with the Vagabond Mini Lithium battery pack ($239.95)
- Profoto B1
- Broncolor Move 1200L and MobiLED flash head
Joey L. emphasizes that the kits are not being compared as equivalents, with advantages and disadvantages of each. He advocates for purchasing the nicest lighting kit that fits within your budget, but provides three different kits that he would purchase if he were held to three different budgets. Prices for these kits range from $1,000 to a whopping $7,000 for a single light kit. An additional point stressed in the tutorial is the importance of purchasing a solid and reliable stand to support your light and modifier. As Joey L. points out, an entire lighting kit could potentially be destroyed by the failure of a cheap light stand. If you’re spending multiple thousands of dollars on your portable lighting kit it would be especially foolish to try to save a few dollars on such an important piece of equipment.
Most of Joey L.’s tutorials are only available through purchasing, so the fact that this high-quality “tutorial” is free is quite a treat, particularly if you’re looking to make an initial investment or upgrade your on-location lighting kit. You can check out more of his tutorials at LearnFromJoeyL.com or view his work on his website.
[via Learn from Joey L.]