If you are a wedding photographer, you most certainly need to have lights in your gear bag. Even if you consider yourself a “natural light” photographer, the fact remains that at some point in the wedding day you will need to add your own light or suffer the grainy consequences. But these days, there are countless manufacturers of lighting gear and not all are created equal. Not only that, but some are regarded as the best of the best and charge a premium for that title when they are in fact worse in certain aspects when compared to cheaper alternatives. So without going down the rabbit hole of comparison, I’m going to tell you what I personally use and why.
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The reason for these lights is within the name. Because they are giving you a constant stream of light, they are extremely easy to use and set up. Simply turn them on and start adjusting. With constant lights you can see when shadows are falling weird and you can easily see when they are too bright or not bright enough. You can also quickly see how certain light modifiers change the light, which makes learning how to modify light that much easier. For me, the best in the game for this is Light & Motion, specifically the Stella CLx10. With this light I can go from 500 lumens all the way up to 10,000 lumens. They are also built like a tank and my lights have withstood great falls onto concrete without even causing the light to flicker. The CLx10 can also be left on while out in the rain and they offer other models that can be completely submerged under water—which makes it the perfect light for those dreamy rain portraits.
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