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. Westcott, 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
How to mount lights to the LunaGrip.
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!
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.
If your light has a lightstand mount, then you just need to use a spigot, like this:
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