En­joy a stu­dio flash setup, right in your own home. We put com­plete yet cost-ef­fec­tive kits to the test

NPhoto - - Test Team -

lash­guns have their lim­i­ta­tions. The phys­i­cally small size of the lamp makes for harsh, un­flat­ter­ing light in por­trai­ture and for most still life sub­jects. You can get around this to some ex­tent by us­ing dif­fu­sion domes or by bounc­ing light off walls or ceil­ings, but flash­guns also lack the power and ver­sa­til­ity of stu­dio flash heads.

The stu­dio flash kits that we’ve cho­sen for this group all in­clude two flash heads, com­plete with stands, um­brel­las or soft­boxes, and all the ca­bles you need for mains power and trig­ger­ing. Some go fur­ther still with RF (ra­dio fre­quency) wire­less trig­ger­ing, con­tain­ing a trans­mit­ter that slots into your cam­era’s hot­shoe plus re­ceivers in each head. We tested the per­for­mance of the flashes by fir­ing a sin­gle one through a translu­cent um­brella po­si­tioned two me­tres from the sub­ject.


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