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Jessops Portaflash Digital Studio Kit: Studio in a bag

The Portaflash Digital Studio Kit is a budget lighting setup for home photographers, comprising two lights and all the assorted kit for a mere £300

The old saying is that photography is painting with light. Controlling the amount of light in your pictures is essential, especially indoors. That's where the Portaflash Digital Studio Kit from Jessops comes in.

It's a studio in a bag, designed to make high-quality images accessible to anyone with a camera, a little space, and £299 to spare.

The kit comes with two 336VM flash heads, with a guide number of 36 at ISO 100. These are paired with two lighting stands, two silver/white reversible 32-inch brollies and Series 3 tilt brolly brackets. Digital slave triggers and synchronisation leads allow you to link the lights to your camera's flash. Power cables round out the set. All of this is packed into a capacious bag.

You don't get a tripod, or any kind of backdrop. This is a basic lighting setup rather than a complete studio, such as the Cubelite kits which include backgrounds. Still, with the Jessops kit you can create your own set, or even knock together your own greenscreen.

Included is a book on studio lighting techniques to give you handy tips. The Portaflash Digital Studio Kit is now priced £299.99 -- saving £120 buying the items separately -- and is available at Jessops stores or online at the Jessops Web site. -Rich Trenholm