What Portable Flash Kit Should I Buy?

If there’s one area of photography which I’ve found completely intimidating to approach it would invariably be off-camera lighting. Think about it. Long after you’ve put in the time to finally master the use of natural light, now you'll have to undoubtedly deal with the moment in which you’re confronted with a low light situation. You’ll be forced to pull out the dreaded and mysterious speedlight and even if these instances are not as prevalent, I still see it as a skill that requires sharpening for every photographer. It’s like swimming. You may not have to do it every day but when you’re confronted with a situation, the natural reflexes on what to do needs to be there.

I had given myself the personal mission in 2014 to improve upon the bare minimum of what I know about off-camera lighting and while I may have invested on an entry level kit as a first step, I have to admit the deliberate practice required felt short. I’m not afraid to admit it’s one of my weaknesses as a photographer although I could probably list many others. If you’ve been an avid reader of the site, you’re probably well aware on how Joey is one of my favorite photographers not just in view of his work but also because of the bonus effort he puts in to showing you how he approached and executed a certain assignment.

I’ve purchased tutorials on Joey’s lighting techniques in the past and I would have equally done the same for his latest one but he was more than gracious to give this one away for free. If you’ve every had a inquiry about which portable flash kit you should buy, I can’t recommend this video enough. Without question I would choose the Profoto B1 lighting kit but before I get to the point where I’m ready to invest $4,000 on gear, my intention at this very moment is to improve my skills with the entry-level gear I own already which is a Canon 430EX II, Cowboy Studio Wireless Triggers and a Neewer 32” Octagonal Softbox.