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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.

02 Con­trol

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.

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