Flash­gun mod­i­fier kits

Flash­guns are great, but of­ten they need a lit­tle help to re­ally shine

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A good flash­gun is es­sen­tial, but these kits can turn the best into some­thing even more ver­sa­tile

There’s noth­ing quite like the hum­ble flash­gun for pro­vid­ing in­stant il­lu­mi­na­tion in a portable pack­age. Add a light mod­i­fier and even more light­ing ef­fects can be had. You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to in­di­vid­ual mod­i­fiers, but most man­u­fac­tur­ers also of­fer kits con­tain­ing a va­ri­ety of pop­u­lar ac­ces­sories.

There will usu­ally be some­thing in the mix to soften light, whether it be a rigid dif­fu­sion cap or dome, or a flat-pack fab­ric soft­box. Al­ter­na­tively, if you’re af­ter a more fo­cused feel, go for a kit con­tain­ing a snoot or hon­ey­comb at­tach­ment. These con­cen­trate light into a tight beam to iso­late a sub­ject or pro­duce a de­fined hair light.

Many kits also pack coloured gels for gen­er­at­ing a cool or warm feel. Some are in­tel­li­gently de­signed to make sev­eral mod­i­fiers from a sin­gle, cus­tom­iz­a­ble at­tach­ment. We’ve se­lected six pop­u­lar kits to find out which con­tains the best gad­gets for max­i­miz­ing your cre­ative po­ten­tial.

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