Best camera flash for portrait photography: 6 models tested and rated

Best camera flash for portrait photography: Lencarta Safari Li-on Ringflash kit

5 things to look for in a flashgun for portrait photography

From power to add-ons, here are the things to consider if you want to run rings around conventional flash

01 Power considerations
If you want to compete with the brightness of the sun in outdoor portraiture, you’ll need plenty of poke. A really powerful all-in-one system such as the Lencarta gives maximum power.

02 Weight and handling
The size and weight of a full-size studio flash head, ring light converter, camera and lens can result in an unwieldy setup that’s usually too heavy for comfortable handheld shooting.

03 The drawbacks of converters
Ring flash converters for flashguns sap output power, so you’ll generally find you have a shooting range of around three metres.

04 TTL flash metering
A bonus of dedicated ring-type flashguns and flashgun converters is that they enable automatic flash metering, as well as being much smaller and more lightweight to use.

05 Additional lights
For the ultimate in portrait lighting, ring flash is often best used as part of a group that includes studio flash heads.

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PAGE 2: Rotolight RL48-B Creative Colour Kit
PAGE 3: Orbis Ringflash
PAGE 4: Nissin MF18 Macro Flash
PAGE 5: Bowens Ringlite Converter
PAGE 6: Lencarta Safari Li-on Ringflash Kit
PAGE 7: 5 things to look for in a flashgun for portrait photography

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