4 Great Starter Studio Light Kits for Photographers

Step Away from the Flashgun and Light Your Photos Like a Pro

If you really want to take your photography to the next level, you will probably want to consider investing in a studio lighting kit. Studio lights are available in many forms, but entry-level kits either use continuous or flash lighting.

The advantage to using studio lights is that you can control the light far more easily. These lights can be moved around, the exposure adjusted and the light controlled and softened with various accessories. Once you experience the improvement studio lights have on your photography, you will not go back to that on-camera flashgun.

However, studio lighting isn't cheap! Listed below are the most cost effective studio lighting kits for beginners.

Interfit EZ-Lite 2-Light Kit


Interfit is a respected name in continuous lighting. This kit uses tungsten light bulbs which are either "on" or "off," so, be warned, this type of lighting runs very hot. Don't touch them mid-shoot and allow them to cool completely before storing.

The kit comes with two lights, stands, and white umbrellas to soften and control the light. Each light provides 500 watts of power.

This is an extremely cheap kit in lighting terms, but it provides surprisingly good results. The only real disadvantage is that it doesn't come with a bag in which to carry the kit, and the umbrellas are a little on the flimsy side.

Photoflex First Studio Two Light Portrait Kit

Another continuous lighting kit, this Photoflex kit is slightly more expensive than the Interfit. The upgrade is worth it because Photoflex is known for producing quality lighting products and you can easily add to this kit as your needs grow.

The Photoflex kit is sturdier than the Interfit and comes with reflectors, as well as black and silver umbrellas. This allows for setting up a wider range of shots and more control over the lighting. Each light provides 250 watts of power.

This kit generally receives excellent feedback, although it can be a little tricky to assemble the first time!

Impact Two Monolight Kit with Bag


Monolights are flash lights, and this means that they only come on when the shot is fired. Most kits, including this one, come with modeling lights. These are just normal tungsten lights which give the photographer an indication of how bright the lighting will be and what areas it will cover.

Care must be taken not to touch the flash tube itself, as this could cause it to blow. Use cotton gloves and extra caution when working with or changing out monolight bulbs.

This kit comes with two lights, stands, bag, sync cord, and softboxes. Softboxes provide a lovely soft, even light, and they are particularly good for portraiture.

This is a great little kit, and if you can afford the extra money, I'd recommend you buy monolights as you can control how much light they emit. This kit is not massively powerful in comparison to other monolights, but it is a start and stronger lights can be added to your system in time.

Elinchrom D-Lite RX One 2x Portalite To Go Set


This Elinchrom kit is a big step up from the other kits, which is reflected in the price. Elinchrom is one of the most respected studio lighting kit manufacturers, and these lights really are brilliant. They are an investment but are still in a price range that make them affordable for getting a start in photography.

The kit consists of two lights, stands, bag, stand bag, reflectors, softboxes, and a built-in wireless receiver, which allows for wireless triggering. 

The lights can be adjusted in 1/10 stops, are 100 watts each, and have automatic temperature controlled ventilation, which prevents them from getting too hot. This is a serious piece of kit for photographers who want to make some money from their photography.

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