Fairly powerful 400Ws (Watts per second) heads are useful for full-length portraits or small groups of people. Low-power 100Ws are suited to head-and-shoulder or half-length portraits.
03 Stand height
04 Umbrellas and softboxes
05 Kit bag
Basic rotary power knobs are easy to use, but push-button switches for varying power offer greater precision. They usually enable 1/10th f-stop increments, complete with a digital display. The typical height of lighting stands supplied with the flash kits on test is about 2.3m. This enables good placement of the flash heads, even for portraits where the subject is standing. Lower-priced kits often have translucent or silver umbrellas as they’re cheaper than softboxes, which give more control over the light. Larger softboxes give very soft lighting ideal for portraits. Most kits come complete with one or two carrying bags so you can easily take your flash kit to other locations.