Or­bis Flash Sys­tem £179, $210

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The ring flash is a firm favourite among fash­ion pho­tog­ra­phers want­ing the most flat­ter­ing il­lu­mi­na­tion with min­i­mal shad­ows. Ded­i­cated ring flashes are pricey propo­si­tions, but the Or­bis cre­ates the same ef­fect from your flash­gun, fun­nelling its flash-burst into a ring of light sur­round­ing your cam­era lens.

To use it you’ll have to hang your flash­gun below the cam­era (us­ing the Or­bis Arm bracket in­cluded), and you’ll also need a flash cable to connect your flash to your cam­era. The end re­sult is a pretty un­wieldy set-up that’ll cer­tainly ex­er­cise your arms on long shoots, but the qual­ity of light is worth the work­out; a con­ven­tional soft­box mod­i­fier can’t match the su­per­soft, near-shad­ow­less out­put of the Or­bis, and its abil­ity to help you shoot stun­ning por­trait shots.

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