Best flash accessories ($50 or less) that provide disproportionate value to their cost

Jun 19, 2023

PJ Pantelis

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

Best flash accessories ($50 or less) that provide disproportionate value to their cost

Jun 19, 2023

PJ Pantelis

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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The Strobist mentality is about achieving big-budget images with low-budget equipment. But buying your flashes is just the beginning of your journey. Here are eight items that will provide value that is way disproportionate to their dollar value.

1. S-type bracket

The S-type bracket is a must-have for modern strobes.

Umbrella mount modifiers are a thing of the past – the Bowens mount is the most accessible and affordable way to get pro modifiers into your kit. The bracket is extremely affordable and will always have a place in your setup as it evolves. ($28)

2. Quick release octabox

The Octabox has been a fan favorite for many years now for its round natural feeling catch lights. This one, in particular, is seemingly made for the solo shooter.

At 65cm, it can be a nice soft source for a single portrait or a medium-hard light a little further back from your subject. The price point is amazing, and the cherry on the cake is the amazing quick-release system. So easy to set up on your own in a flash (pun intended). ($46-$79)

3. Quick gels

Gels are one of those things that will elevate your images and really separate the pros from the bros. Apart from the obvious colorful creative uses, being able to match or imitate light in a given environment is infinitely useful. This set is so cheap, it’s silly to not have one for every flash you own. ($10.99)

4. NiMh batteries

NiMh batteries are not a new thing, but most people don’t understand why they are so important. Compared to alkaline batteries, you will get a greater capacity AND a more consistent performance. The technical explanation is they hold a consistent 1.2 volts until they reach about 20% of their capacity. In contrast, an Alkaline battery will start at 1.5 volts and drop off very quickly and steeply with use. ($38)

PRO TIP: apparently, IKEA is selling the same batteries for a significantly lower cost.

5. Grey card

Another thing that separates the good from the great is consistent, accurate color in your images. This extremely affordable grey card is the quickest and easiest way to do this. Another small item that is so inexpensive that you should have no excuse to ever be without one. ($7.99-$16)

6. Super clamp

The super clamp has been a favorite for photographers and filmmakers for decades. Originally made by Manfrotto, there are lots of great affordable third-party options now. This is a must-have in any grip kit. You can mount just about anything, just about anywhere. Secure, reliable, and won’t break the bank. ($28.03)

7. Snoot and Grid combo

The snoot is essentially the opposite of a softbox. You’re taking a light source and controlling it down into a tight beam. It’s the quickest and easiest way to create a small spot of light. Perfect for a rim or hair light or to take those trendy hard shadow product photography images that have dominated advertising culture over the last couple of years. ($26.99)

8. Silicon Bumper

This last one is specific to the AD200 users but the silicone bumper from Godox has paid for itself many times over. A simple rubber protective backing for your flash means that if it blows over on a windy day, your valuable electronics won’t smash into pieces. If you use this flash which many people do, you need this accessory. ($13.90)

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PJ is a photographer and educator from Melbourne, Australia, specializing in wedding and portrait photography. You can see more of his work on his website and Instagram profile

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