Photography Lighting Portable Power Sources

You need to use different types of photography lighting when taking shots for different projects and clients. Lighting your shots is easy when you're in your studio, but it can be much more difficult when you're on location. You will need to choose portable lighting equipment that contains batteries rather than needing to be powered by mains electricity.

Step 1 - Type of Lighting Equipment

Before you can look for your portable photography lighting equipment, you must first consider the type of equipment that you want to use. The kinds of equipment that you choose will depend mainly upon the type of photography you are doing. Indoors you may want to use an umbrella flash, but outside, you might need to use a more powerful external flash gun.

Step 2 - Portable Lighting Equipment

There are a few options available to you when looking for portable lighting equipment. You can either decide to purchase standard equipment and run it from a generator, or you can use battery powered equipment. The trouble with using a generator is that it's very noisy, polluting and not particularly pleasant.

Instead most photographers will prefer to use battery powered lighting equipment. There are actually lots of different portable lighting equipment products on the market which are powered by batteries. The advantage of batteries is that you can position the lighting equipment wherever you need it rather than having to worry about plugging it into a socket. It also prevents the problem of trailing cables becoming a trip hazard.

When choosing equipment, make sure you shop around to ensure you're getting the very best value for money. Prices can vary quite a lot even on the Internet, so do your homework and compare everything before purchasing.

Step 3 - Spare Batteries

It's essential for everyone to have spare batteries that they take everywhere with them. If the batteries in your external flash unit die then you will be unable to take photos unless you have a spare. It's also worth investing in a car charger just in case you're caught unawares.

Step 4 - Power

Make sure that any external flash units that you buy are powerful enough for your needs. Consider the types of photography you are taking, the distance from the subject you will be and the battery life. You also need to make sure that you can fit these with diffusers so that the light isn't too severe and that it doesn't cause any glare in your photo.

Step 5 - Syncing

For any flash to be effective, it needs to go off at the same time as the shutter opens. This is why it's so important to choose a flash that  is compatible with your camera's hot shoe mount. You don't have to fix it to your flash, but you do need to connect it to the camera so it will sync and be in time with the camera's shutter.

Portable lighting equipment for photography is readily available and will make it possible to take a photo anywhere, regardless of the lighting conditions.