This Cheap Portable Lighting Kit is Awesome!

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Sorry to all of you who have been chasing me, I know this update has been long awaited but it’s here now.

As you may have seen in my previous lighting kit blog post this is equipment I have been using professionally for over 8 years so don’t think I’m recommending cheap rubbish, compare the flashes to Canon originals and they certainly are cheap but for once that doesn’t mean you’re compromising as you can see in this video…

 

The Equipment

As I ran through everything in the video I don’t intend to give you a long essay here too but let me list the items and tell you something about them all.

Note: These are affiliate links which means you don’t pay any more but Amazon pay me a 4% commission on any orders. That’s only about £4 per set and hopefully you won’t begrudge me a little money for putting this together for you. Also, prices are based on the date this post went live so may be subject to changes in the future.

 

Yongnuo Flashgun (Speedlight) £56

This is the most expensive item and the most important. It’s actually more advanced than the Canon 580EX II at around £450!

You’ll need 4 x AA batteries and it may be worth considering rechargeables if you plan to use this a lot.

Find it on Amazon

Note for SONY users: This applies to Canon and Nikon and other manufacturers using a standard hotshoe but Sony users will need an adapter. I believe this one on Amazon will work. You don’t need it for the ‘off camera’ flash but you will need the adapter if you want to use the flash (or the transmitter below) on top of your Sony camera.

 

Yongnuo Wireless Flash Controller £32

The awesome controller for all your lovely lights. As you saw in the video you can set the power levels of up to 6 groups of lights from this unit without needing to move from your camera. I love this little device, it’s one of those pieces of kit you don’t know how you used to live without.

Find it on Amazon

As I mentioned above if you’re a SONY user this will need a converter to fit this to your hotshoe as I don’t believe they make a Sony version.

 

Light Stand £14

As I said in the video this is a cheap model to keep the overall cost down and it will be fine for light use (excuse the pun) but if you’re planning to set yourself up for paid work it may be worth looking around for a more expensive model.

Find it on Amazon

 

Hotshoe Holder £8

This is the little bit of kit to go on top of your light stand and is universal.

Find it on Amazon

 

Umbrella £6

This is your diffuser to soften the light. There are other version where you can reflect the light but I recommend you use this as a shoot through initially.

Find it on Amazon

 

Softbox £27

If you want to control the light more you may be interested in a softbox. As I say in the video I haven’t used this one but it’s the one I’d pick if I did need one. It has an inner diffuser too so are really softening the light through two sheets rather than just one.

Find it on Amazon

 

These Lights In Practice

I cut this out of the above video as some will moan that I’ve gone on too long but I’ve added a section here to tell you how I use these lights on a daily basis professionally.

 

Training £20

If you’re interested in knowing more about how to set up and use these lights I have a training course here. It does need updating with this new kit but you can still learn the settings from the previous model of lights and when it’s updated you’ll be notified.

Find it on Udemy 

 

Happy shopping, please let me know how you get on 🙂

  • Stig Joergensen

    Hi

    Fell over you videos the other day – and have some mixed feelings about them – i mean they are great, but seems to be a promo for your lessons you can buy – i dont think there is anything wrong with that idea – it just annoys me a little bit – to find a topic that i like to know a lot more, and then watch the really good videos from a guy that seems to know quite a lot, so here i could learn alot.. but… it ends with a like to the online course link.. 😉

    Im so more more inclined to take a trip and get a hands-on course… where one could ask questions all day…

    But i actually have a question… hmmm, wondering if you would answer now… 😉

    I have this Sony Alpha (upgrade from analog Minolta, where is have a few optics), sadly Sony have discontinued there A-Mount as well – bummer…

    Ohh wait, the question…

    I have ordered this pixel TF325 hot shoe adapter, as i like the idea of a cheap studio setup (for taking photos of RC cars, 3D prints and stuff like that – dreaming of real portraits one day). But then i read it dosnt support TTL – i know what TTL is when we are talking electronics – but what is TTL when talking cameras? and is that going to be a problem?

    The reason im asking is a found a good deal om amazon.co.uk for a set of two falshes and remote, like the one you show here.. but now im wondering if TTL, or lack there of will become an issue…

    Hope you will be kind enough to answer this – or perhaps make a video response on the TTL subject…

    On a different note – in homebrew electronics some are using a technique called toner transfer… i think this could be used here as well to transfer images.. The idea behind the toner transfer methods is that the toner melts at around 180C, so you can transfer laser toner from paper to other surfaces by applying pressure with a hot iiron – perhaps thats something to explore as well?

    Other than that – keep those vids comming – im watching them all – or at least most of them…

    Kindest regards from Denmark
    /Stig

  • Stig Joergensen

    Thanks for the answer – very much appreciate it…

    I do appreciate that you have to recover at least some cost in making these tutorials.. my comment was not meant as a critique on that point.

    I was not referring to a specific video at all – it was more a general felling i had the other after watching a bunch of your videos – i just got a wee bit annoyed. perhaps i was a bit hearse. and if i had followed you for longer, and not watch 4-5 in a row it references would properly not been too much. hmmm.. perhaps i over reacted.. sorry about that.

    On the note of making a bit of money, what you thought about Patreon? lots of people in the 3D printing community are using this, its a platform where people can donate a buck or two each month to help “content creators”.

    On a different note… The camera slider can be a DIY project. for less that a 1/3 of the cost.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GE37xI14Fyw

    Again – thanks for you time both for creating the videos and the answer to gave – a lot more confident now to spend 150gbp.

    And if you have an amazon.co.uk affiliate link, i will certainly use it when i order the flashes in a month or two.

    Best regards from Denmark
    /Stig