She told me about this lighting combo, and it's great!

A customer of ours just let me know that she got a new Stella Light, which is a unique LED battery powered light source that emits a broad, even light. She immediately mated it to her LunaGrip light modifier (on sale right now for $99!) and loved the results! I thought I would share that combo, and some other great LunaGrip pairings, with you here.  

Why use a LunaGrip?

If you want a soft, flattering portrait light, then you generally want to diffuse it. Large soft boxes have always been a first choice for this, but they aren’t always easy to pack, or set up and take down – especially when you consider an ideal size for portraits is about a 40” box. I developed the LunaGrip after 20 years as a busy wedding and portrait photographer. I wanted something that would be easy to pack in my camera bag, work with my speedlights, be light and fast to setup, and give me the most beautiful portrait lighting possible. Wescott, the brilliant lighting company, partnered with me to develop the LunaGrip, a unique handle and mounting system that pairs your flash with a pop-up 5-in-1 reflector/diffuser to softly diffuse the flash, not bounce or reflect it (although it can also be used that way).  

The LunaGrip has several advantages:  

  • You have a versatile tool that can be used in several different ways for various lighting needs.

  • In its primary diffusion mode, it produces the beautiful light quality of a 42” softbox, but at a fraction of the cost, weight, and space.

  • By adjusting your flash head zoom, you can control the amount of diffusion and look of the light.

  • It can be a super flat and stable reflector holder (used with white, silver, or gold cover)

  • You can bounce flash in to it for a crisper, broader coverage light.

  • It adapts to multiple light sources, flash or constant. 

 The Westcott LunaGrip is a versatile light modifier for your flash or constant light source.

The Westcott LunaGrip is a versatile light modifier for your flash or constant light source.

LED Lights

The Stella Light is an LED constant light. It uses the newer COB style LED, which is more compact, efficient, and higher output than traditional LED lights. They also tend to have smoother light output. This unit can be battery or A/C powered, is waterproof, dimmable, and claims 1000 lumens of brightness. It fits beautifully in the LunaGrip light modifier and now you have the perfect, soft and diffused constant light that will travel anywhere and fit in your camera bag! What you see is what you get. 

 The Stella Light is an LED light with a dimmer and bright output.

The Stella Light is an LED light with a dimmer and bright output.

If you want a light with variable color temperature, take a look at the Fiilex P360EX Variable Color LED Light 

Here’s another more affordable option if you don’t need the battery option: The Godox SL-60. This 60W COB LED unit is plug-in only, but has very high color accuracy and claims 4500 lumens of brightness. If you need something much brighter, they also make 100W, 150W, and 200W versions.  

Flash systems

If you are balancing your lighting with daylight, you’ll need the power of a flash. Here are some other cool flash lighting systems that work with the LunaGrip too. The LunaGrip has an easily adjustable bracket, making it workable with most any compact light source, from speedlights, to compact flash heads, to constant lights.  

If you want something really compact and versatile, check out the Godox AD200 TTL Pocket Flash Kit. You can also get it with a wireless controller for your camera brand (highly recommended unless you already have a wireless trigger system). They are very compact and offer 200WS of output, similar to some speedlights. It comes with interchangeable heads too, a standard speedlight style (use this with your LunaGrip), and a bare bulb head (great for lighting up a whole room). This setup with your LunaGrip would be easy enough to hand-hold. 

 The Godox AD200 is a highly regarded and versatile flash for pairing to your LunaGrip.

The Godox AD200 is a highly regarded and versatile flash for pairing to your LunaGrip.

If you need more oomph, The Godox AD600Pro Witstro is a 600WS battery powered strobe. It’s a bit bigger than a speedlight setup, but offers much more power. They are also TTL compatible with most cameras, which is cool. It would be great for use on a lightstand. They also make a 400ws version

B&H also makes the Bolt VB-22 Bare-Bulb Flash. This 360WS flash can be triggered by your existing wireless trigger or using their proprietary receiver setup. Bolt makes several other units if you need different options. 

Some battery power options for A/C lights

The Naztech Volt Power Station is a portable battery pack that can also power A/C plug-in gadgets up to 85w. So you could power your plug-in LED light (upto 85w) or even most laptops, for a while. 

 The Naztech Volt is a battery that can power your USB devices AND an A/C powered device, like a laptop or A/C light.

The Naztech Volt is a battery that can power your USB devices AND an A/C powered device, like a laptop or A/C light.

How to mount lights to the LunaGrip.

  1. If you light has a hot or cold shoe mount, you can simply attach it to the bracket/clamp that the LunaGrip comes with, bam!

  2. If your light has a 1/4”-20 threaded hole on the bottom of it, you simply unscrew the cold shoe mount included with the LunaGrip, and use the retaining screw to thread in to your flash.

 Remove the cold shoe and use the retaining bolt to connect your flash. The bracket can be adjusted vertically, flipped, or mounted using the lower holes for fitment to almost any light.

Remove the cold shoe and use the retaining bolt to connect your flash. The bracket can be adjusted vertically, flipped, or mounted using the lower holes for fitment to almost any light.

If your light has a lightstand mount, then you just need to use a spigot, like this:

 A simple little adapter is all you need to mount most any flash to the LunaGrip.

A simple little adapter is all you need to mount most any flash to the LunaGrip.

The spigot will have a 1/4’-20 threaded hole on one end, and you detach the included cold shoe mount on your LunaGrip and use the screw to attach to the spigot instead. Then just attach your flash bracket to the spigot. All set!

Keep in mind that you can use most compact studio lights with your LunaGrip. As long as the face of the bulb is not too far forward of the mounting bracket, it should fit on the LunaGrip bracket. [show impact light and measure distance to mount]

By the way…

CRI is a scale to 100 representing how accurately a light source can reproduce color compared to standard daylight. 100 is comparable to the source, and 90-95 or higher is desirable for accurate skin tones and color work. 

TLCI is a new measure that indicates how much color correction might be necessary. It is more applicable to digital imaging. Look for lights with high ratings: 95+ for CRI or 90+ for TLCI

Alycia White makes dramatic senior portraits with LunaGrip

 Image by: Alycia White using the LunaGrip from Westcott and Kevin Kubota.

Image by: Alycia White using the LunaGrip from Westcott and Kevin Kubota.

Do you want to see how easy it is to take your outdoor lighting up a notch? Here's a fun video featuring Alycia White, showing how she uses a single speedlight, and her LunaGrip, to create dramatically better portraits than she could with just natural light. One of the key reasons to use flash outdoors is to balance the light on your subject with a very bright background. The problem is that simply hitting your subject with flash usually results in very flat, snapshot looking lighting. 

In this video you'll see how the simple addition of a unique flash modifier, moved to the appropriate position, can drastically improve your results. Alycia's kind of a goof too, which makes it all the more enjoyable ;-)

Details on her camera and flash settings can be found at the end of the video, or here.

Alycia White uses the LunaGrip and a single speedlight to show how easy it is to get dramatic, beautiful lighting outdoors.

If you have any questions on her setup or settings, feel free to ask in the comments and we'll fill ya in. 

The Westcott LunaGrip for food photography

One of our Westcott LunaGrip users found that it works perfectly for her food photography business. Robin Marie Photography has a beautiful senior and family portrait business going, but her secret passion is food photography. Robin has found that the LunaGrip is the perfect compliment to her clean, natural, fresh style of culinary imaging and the portability makes shooting on location (where the food tends to be) a breeze. All she needs is a single speedlight behind the LunaGrip to make your mouth water with her photographs!

Robin had this to share: 

"Let me start by saying "the Luna grip has changed my life". Lol. 😀. No seriously I am excited about how easy my set up was with my Luna Grip. I was able to carry everything into my shoot in one trip. No heavy lights, batteries etc...I was able to achieve the same results that I get from my expensive, heavy pro light system. Food photography is all about the light. If it's not spot on it can appear inedible and unappetizing .  The Luna Grip is perfect for my on location Food shoots"