The Best Lighting for Photographers Under $1,000 (We Reviewed Them!)

Light is everything in photography, and we believe that every photographer should know how to use it. Portrait photographers, wedding photographers, photojournalists, and others need to learn lighting. And for the most part, you’ll get more from a light when you get a strobe or a flash vs an LED. You’ll spend a lot less time doing post-production. And you’ll also thank yourself for being more organized in the first place. Take a look at our tests for the best lighting for photographers under $1,000.

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Take Your Portrait Photography Up A Notch With These Powerful Lights

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Are you ready to take the next steps in your portrait photography journey by adding a flash or a monolight to your workflow? If so, congratulations! We commend you for wanting to learn a new skill. Many photographers think mastering flash photography is hard, but we’re here to tell you that’s simply not true. Adding external lighting to your workflow is an easy way to add drama and extra dimension to your images. The best part is you don’t have to spend a fortune to get started if you don’t want to. We have rounded up some of our favorite lights that we have reviewed over the years and have put them in one place for you. These lights are great for portrait photography beginners and even for pros.

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Cheap Photo: These Low Prices May Help Ease Your Fear of Flash

Whether you’re just getting into flash photography, or you’re ready for some new gear, you need to check out these deals on strobes, monolights, and modifiers.

We at The Phoblographer are huge fans of flash photography, and we encourage everyone to give it a shot at some point. There’s no better time to get your flash photography gear: right now there are some deep discounts to be had. You can save $235 on the Rotolight AEOS Ultra-Portable Bi-Color LED Light, and you can save $349 on the Profoto D1 Air Studio Kit. The fantastic Flashpoint XPLOR 400 Pro TTL that comes with a Westcott Octabox is a steal at $649.99 Want something a little smaller? The Flashpoint Zoom Li-Ion (Godox V1) is only $259, and it’s available for all major platforms, and the Flashpoint Li-Ion Mini (Godox TT350) is just $79 for Fujifilm cameras. There are excellent deals on Glow and Westcott modifiers too. See what we found after the break. Continue reading…

Off-Camera Lighting: A Quick Look at Some of Our Fave Gear for Portraits

This off-camera lighting gear will dramatically improve your portrait photography.

There are two types of photographers in this world: natural light specialists, and off-camera lighting specialists. Both lighting styles are fantastic and can yield some incredible results. Today, we’re going to look at off-camera lighting gear that is not only powerful and easy to use, it’s also incredibly affordable. Join us after the break to see some of our favorite off-camera lighting products. Continue reading…

7 Powerful, Rechargeable Monolights Perfect For On Location Portraits

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These rechargeable monolights will make it possible to do portrait shoots anywhere at any time.

Are you tired of not being able to hold portrait sessions once the light of the day disappears? Do you dread having to shoot on days when the blistering sun is high overhead creating harsh, hard shadows? Do you wish you could take your studio lights with you? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this roundup is for you. We are going to be taking a quick look at seven powerful monolights that will enable you to shoot anywhere, and at any time. Continue reading…

6 Great Lights That Will Take Your Portrait Photography to Another Level

Adding external lighting and off camera flash into your portrait photography will make your images so much better.

Adding external lighting into your portrait photography workflow will really help you make images that will stand out from the crowd. While natural lighting is great, adding flashes and monolights into the mix can really make your images incredibly dynamic. There are so many lighting options on the market though, so it can be hard to choose between the options out there. In this feature we will take a look at six different lighting options that are affordable, and easy to use. There’s no doubt that they will help you take your portrait photography to new levels.  Continue reading…

Review: Interfit Honey Badger Unleashed (How Can You Go Wrong?)

The Interfit Honey Badger Unleashed is this generation’s version of the Paul C Buff White Lightnings; but they’re a million times better.

I admittedly took my time with testing the Interfit Honey Badger Unleashed because of just so much stuff that we’ve had to test since Photokina and with not being motivated when it came to portraiture. But in my experiences with it, the Interfit Honey Badger Unleashed has proven to me that if you’re in the market for an introductory TTL/Manual/HSS monolight when your flashes just aren’t cutting it, this is the only option that really exists. While Godox, Adorama Flashpoint and B&H Impact make usable products I think that the Interfit Honey Badger Unleashed does a whole lot for the dollar. With TTL capabilities and a pretty solid build quality, the Interfit Honey Badger Unleashed also boasts a pretty simple to use interface and reliability in a number of situations. And if all you really need is the power, then this is one of the best options on the market.

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The Interfit Badger Unleashed Does HSS and TTL Flash for $349.99

The Badger Unleashed is Interfit’s answer for photographers looking for a more portable version of the Honey Badger Monolight. 

Following the success of the Honey Badger Monolight, Interfit has just announced the Badger Unleased, a 250Ws battery-powered flash with HSS and TTL. This new offering drops the constraints of the AC power cable and is instead powered by a 2900mAh battery. With its compact form factor and cable-free portability, the Badger Unleashed is poised to be a capable shooting companion for photographers on the go.

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The Interfit S1 Monolight is Now Compatible with Sony Cameras

A while back, we tested the Interfit S1 and found it to be a pretty good alternative to Phottix and Profoto though not as good as the Flashpoint option in some ways. Today, the company announced that the Interfit S1 is now available to work with Sony cameras that boast the multi-interface shoe. This boosts the options that Sony strobists now have by quite a bit overall.

These lights offer TTL, HSS, wireless flash control via a radio transmitter, have a pretty great build quality, and are overall quite solid. Some of the reliability issues have been fixed from what I’ve been told and so it’s shaping up to become an even better monolight overall. Yet at the same time though, it’s tough to beat the Flashpoint Xplor600’s price point. However, Interfit’s light modifiers are some of the best bang for your buck options out there: like with their parabolic umbrellas.

More specs are after the jump.

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Review: Interfit 65″ White Parabolic Umbrella

Umbrellas are by far my favorite lighting modifiers due to the variety of looks they can deliver–and the latest from Interfit is surely no exception to the rule. Their 65″ Parabolic White Umbrella is great for working with portrait subjects but it’s also quite solid when it comes to build quality and overall versatility. Of course, this isn’t a true adjustable parabolic but it can deliver that look. This just makes sense though as Interfit has been trying to take higher end concepts and make them more affordable to the semi-professional photographer for a while. So in truth, I wasn’t sure what to expect but what I got was quite a surprise.

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Interfit’s New Light Modifiers Offer Quality for an Affordable Price

Interfit has announced a new line of professional heat resistant lighting modifiers, including softboxes, parabolic softboxes, parabolic umbrellas, and standard umbrellas. The company is known for their great build quality and affordable lighting solutions (like with the S1 monolight), and these new modifiers appear to be no exception, including things like a honeycomb grid in the box for added value.

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Review: Interfit S1 Monolight (Canon TTL)

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When you look at the TTL Monolight market, you’ve got Profoto, Phottix and the latest option is the Interfit S1. Interfit hasn’t been a household name like Profoto, Phottix, Bowens, Elinchrom or Paul C Buff, but with the S1 we get the impression that the company wants to do more with what they have. Interfit is trying to give strobists almost every feature that you can get with Phottix and Profoto, but at a more affordable price in the S1.

Typically, that comes with tradeoffs. As of the publication of this review, those tradeoffs involve reliability issues that Interfit says they’re working on. But the rest seems solid.

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Interfit‘s Pro-Flash TLi Uses Rechargeable Li-Ion Energy, Have Radios

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Carrying around a constant supply of AA batteries for your flash is a tiresome bother. Now Interfit is out to fix this annoyance with its new Li-Ion battery powered Pro-Flash TLi flashes. The new strobe lights have been designed to work in TTL mode with Nikon and Canon cameras. You’ll also be able to slave or master the Strobies Pro-Flash TLi-C or TLi-N to your other Nikon and Canon lights.

Photographers will be able to fire up to 650 full-power flashes-per-charge with these Lithium Ion-powered strobes. The Pro-Flash TLi line of lights also charge back up to full power in just 1.5 seconds between exposures. Other features include Flash Exposure Compensation, Flash Exposure Bracketing (TLi-C only), and Flash Exposure Lock.

Those who want to trigger the flash wirelessly with a radio system will have to pick up the STR249 transmitter and receiver available for $49.99. The Strobies Pro-Flash TLi-C and TLi-N themselves, meanwhile, are available now for $249.99.

The flashes come as a cheaper alternative compared to the Canon 600EX-RT or Nikon SB910. Add in the rechargeable Li-Ion battery system, comparable TTL control plus  the ability to link it up with your preexisting lighting gear, and this is a very tantalizing third-party flash for Canon and Nikon users.

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Interfit’s New Pro-Flash 360 Packs 360 Watt Seconds of Juice

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Most location photographers would kill to have more flash power output in a small flash body of some sort. Today, Interfit is announcing another addition into the category of small flashes that produce light like full studio strobes. It’s called the Strobies Pro-Flash 360 and looks very similar to products made by Cheetah Stand and Adorama’s Flashpoint.

The main selling point is of course the 360 watt seconds of power output available in a small body that needs to be connected to a small power pack. Additionally, it has an actual flash bulb that can be used totally bear or with the umbrella reflector that comes included.

Interfit claims that it is capable of high speed sync in addition to power adjustment of 1/3 increments, 450 full powered flashes, and a stroboscopic mode. Many years ago the Strobies were used by loads of photographers. And this new flagship product from the company may find its way into the hands of strobists everywhere.

Expect the Strobies Pro-Flash 360 to come in at $499.99 with the battery pack.


Interfit’s New Strobies Pro-Flash One Eighty May Be the New Strobist’s Dream

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Interfit has a brand new strobe coming out soon that will be meant to take on both the CheetahStand and offerings from Quantum. This is really the type of light that many strobists have been asking for–a fusion between a monolight and a speedlight. The new product will be called the Strobies Pro-Flash One Eighty. The light is a 180 watt second light with a bare bulb design. It packs seven stops of light, is adjustable in thirds of stops, incorporates high speed sync capabilities, is daylight balanced, has focus assist, stroboscopic functionality, and can pop 700 full power flashes from its connected battery pack with a recycle time of 2.2 seconds. You can use it either on or off camera–though we’ve got a feeling that most of the target market will be opting for the off camera option.

The HSS will sync up to 1/8000 while stroboscopic option can do 99 flashes in 15 seconds. That means you’ll be able to get some really cool stop-motion effects with the right amount of lighting.

With the battery pack, the duo will retail for $549.99. A second flash head can be had for $405.99, while the battery pack will run you $209.99.

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Review: The Chris Gampat Beauty Dish Hack for your Speedlite

I’ve grown smitten with Beauty Dishes as of late. For those of you that don’t know, a Beauty Dish is a light modifier that takes light firing into the back of the dish, reflects it against a plate, and then reflects it against a white dish to spread the light out evenly. When I tested out the Strobros, I knew that I had to have more. So with some inspiration from Todd Owyoung and DIYPhotography‘s Editor Udi Tirosh’s book previously reviewed here, I set out to use existing items to make a Beauty Dish work with my Canon speedlite on the cheap.

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