These Are The Speedlights We Recommend For Lighting Up Your Party Photography

As you have noticed lately, we have been exploring the arena of party and event photography, specifically the gear and tools needed to get great results in that genre. So far we have covered cameras and lenses, the two most critical aspects of a party or event photography kit.

Today we change our focus from the image capturing gear to another incredibly important piece to a party and event photography kit – the lighting. Specifically, we will be looking at our top speedlight recommendations, a list that will cover high-end (expensive) options as well as more budget-friendly options that also get the job done.

Ready to shed some light on your event photography kit? Let’s get this party started…

Our Top Picks

This category is for our top choices in the party/event speedlight department. These speedlights feature functionality like radio wireless triggering support, TTL, quality light output and solid battery life. If you have the budget for it, we definitely recommend investing in one of these options.

  • Canon: [amazon_textlink asin='B01FFACPD4' text='Canon 600EX II RT' template='ProductLink' store='thephobl-20' marketplace='US' link_id='82be7224-634d-11e7-8cde-2dbe680ab830'] ([amazon_textlink asin='B01FFACPD4' text='Canon 600EX II RT' template='PriceLink' store='thephobl-20' marketplace='US' link_id='7e1fe2e6-634d-11e7-b896-17c9292a9941'])
  • Nikon: [amazon_textlink asin='B01A7Q0N9Y' text='Nikon SB-5000' template='ProductLink' store='thephobl-20' marketplace='US' link_id='cded1dfe-634d-11e7-89b7-3324c4342420'] ([amazon_textlink asin='B01A7Q0N9Y' text='Nikon SB-5000' template='PriceLink' store='thephobl-20' marketplace='US' link_id='c8e2601e-634d-11e7-ba79-dda755f3cd04'])
  • Sony: [amazon_textlink asin='B071NJ16XD' text='Godox Thinklite TT685S' template='ProductLink' store='thephobl-20' marketplace='US' link_id='715febc8-634e-11e7-89b7-3324c4342420'] ([amazon_textlink asin='B01G6PTREM' text='Godox Thinklite TT686S' template='PriceLink' store='thephobl-20' marketplace='US' link_id='6a29c338-634e-11e7-963e-03ac625c1d0c']) *Read Our Review*
  • Fujifilm: [amazon_textlink asin='B01N6IPB5O' text='Nissin Di700a' template='ProductLink' store='thephobl-20' marketplace='US' link_id='fc3af350-634e-11e7-b976-fdfced9a28a1'] ([amazon_textlink asin='B01N6IPB5O' text='Nissin Di700a' template='PriceLink' store='thephobl-20' marketplace='US' link_id='f2c5af53-634e-11e7-81a4-5d4a58aefbbe'])
  • Olympus/Panasonic: [amazon_textlink asin='B0716RF95V' text='Nissin Di700a' template='ProductLink' store='thephobl-20' marketplace='US' link_id='ae25a15e-634e-11e7-a306-11f6c456efdc'] ([amazon_textlink asin='B0716RF95V' text='Nissin Di700a' template='PriceLink' store='thephobl-20' marketplace='US' link_id='a8242815-634e-11e7-bf5f-3dd574c54fdd'])

Other Great Options

These are some other good options in the speedlight department, they may not have the full feature set of the above mentioned models. They are completely capable of helping your with your party/event lighting needs, some in different ways that our top choices mentioned above.

  • Canon: [amazon_textlink asin='B01606KGDS' text='Shanny SN600EX RF' template='ProductLink' store='thephobl-20' marketplace='US' link_id='03c321e1-6351-11e7-a12a-27f530795430'] ([amazon_textlink asin='B01606KGDS' text='Shanny SN600EX RF' template='PriceLink' store='thephobl-20' marketplace='US' link_id='feb53020-6350-11e7-9354-f98d65e33957']) *Read Our Review*
  • Ring Light: [amazon_textlink asin='B015OAJ2AY' text='Godox Witstro AR400' template='ProductLink' store='thephobl-20' marketplace='US' link_id='b7f72e2a-6351-11e7-bbe7-cd5ee9e29e20'] ([amazon_textlink asin='B015OAJ2AY' text='Godox Witstro AR400' template='PriceLink' store='thephobl-20' marketplace='US' link_id='9b08b7be-6351-11e7-8188-f9c54554e352']) *Read Our Full Review*
  • Multiple Brands: [amazon_textlink asin='B00844N5OC' text='Yongnuo YN565 EX II' template='ProductLink' store='thephobl-20' marketplace='US' link_id='0b6b5191-6352-11e7-ad87-0934c92ddc45'] ([amazon_textlink asin='B00JQ4HZPO' text='Yongnuo YN565 EX II' template='PriceLink' store='thephobl-20' marketplace='US' link_id='0625d4cd-6352-11e7-90bf-57302724dda2'])
  • Ring Light:[amazon_textlink asin='B00OK58VTI' text='Yongnuo YN-14EX' template='ProductLink' store='thephobl-20' marketplace='US' link_id='408279be-6352-11e7-9d1c-b751cb75ac52'] ([amazon_textlink asin='B00F5UY9XE' text='Yongnuo YN-14EX' template='PriceLink' store='thephobl-20' marketplace='US' link_id='2bf05c9e-6352-11e7-822a-9d3d1ddd3347'])
  • Speedlight/Monolight Hybrid: [amazon_textlink asin='B06X1FBC3F' text='Godox AD200' template='ProductLink' store='thephobl-20' marketplace='US' link_id='d3cec150-6352-11e7-aab1-4db380a805de'] ([amazon_textlink asin='B06X1FBC3F' text='Godox AD200' template='PriceLink' store='thephobl-20' marketplace='US' link_id='c8efdbc2-6352-11e7-aa24-eb26cf1fa6f0'])

Lighting is so key when shooting in darker environments, and the speedlights we have shared with you here today will go a long way towards helping you achieve great results. But going beyond just having the light and knowing how to use it, other key things to consider are type of light and light modifiers. You will notice we mentioned a few ring light options in this post, depending on the situation you may be able to get more pleasing results at your party/event with something like that.

As far as light modifiers for on-camera speedlights, we have a whole post coming up on those so be on the lookout for that, because they are key to producing a good quality of light for your images.

Anthony Thurston

Anthony is a Portland, Oregon based Boudoir Photographer specializing in a dark, moody style that promotes female body positivity, empowerment, and sexuality. Besides The Phoblographer, he also reviews gear and produces his own educational content on his website.