Umbrella Softbox

umbrella softboxThe humble umbrella softbox is sometimes a much better option than a conventional softbox and at the moment is on special. It will fit all makes and sizes of studio flash equipment, it will fit all that can accept an 8mm shaft umbrella. Can be used with cool working daylight bulbs, slave flash units, speedlights in conjunction with the flash bracket and studio flash heads.

It is quick to erect and take down, if you need to be mobile and portrait photography is your thing then you should consider this as it will fit the smallest of rooms. It measures 101cm in diameter, no one should be without one in there photoraphy lighting kit.

This is suitable for cool light continuous lighting kits but not suitable for hot lights like redheads.

Umbrella Softbox

Slave Flash Lighting

The mains powered slave flash unit can be overlooked but they are an excellent addition to your studio lighting kit, it has a test button and a sync outlet and comes complete with a sync cable. The word slave means they they are triggered by any other flash unit so can be used with other studio flash or camera flash units.

They are very cost effective and can be used with umbrellas and softboxes. Lets take our 45Ws slave flash unit with the ceramic bulbholder, the slave unit screws in to the bulb holder and then the bulbholder fits onto a lightstand, the bulb holder accepts umbrellas or an umbrella softbox. We have slave flash kits which can be used for portraits a really good way to into studio photography, although they don’t have the versatility of a full blown studio flash lighting kit you can still get some fantastic results and ideal if you don’t have too much space.

It can also be used as an extra light to add light to an area by a bit of DIY using some card make a snoot for it or used in our 26cm light head to give a wider beam of light, also ideal for the strobist to add extra flash heads at a fraction of the cost of a speedlight.

45Ws Slave Flash

Ceramic Bulbholder

Bulb Holder and 45Ws Slave flash

Slave flash Kits


Large Heavy Duty Boom Arm

Our very large heavy duty boom arm is on special until 15th September, this is really a solid piece of kit and could take the heaviest of use. Once the lighting head is attached its position and angle can be adjusted from the controls at the back using a wheel to change the angle. There is also a handle to adjust for lateral movement to get your light in the perfect position.

It has a 6kg counterbalance weight and can take pretty much any studio flash head or continuous lighting head so wether you are shooting still digital or using for video lighting this stand would last years of heavy use.

Take a look at our special offer category as we have a few other bargains.

Photography Lighting Offers

We have some offers on some of our studio lighting and Studio lighting accessories.

Bowens Fit Beauty Dish, this is silvered and 42cm in diameter, gives great light for that classic beauty lighting. The 101cm umbrella softbox this is an alternative to the white translucent umbrella it contains the light so no light spill. A slave flash unit can be useful our 45Ws slave unit and ceramic bulbholder has a photo sensor and when a flash goes off it will trigger the slave head within a fraction of a second, the bulb holder will take an umbrella or the softbox umbrella.

600Ws 2 Head Studio Flash kit this is a powerful flash kit and a very solid performer metal casing with cooling fan take a look at the overview video Studio Flash SD series Overview, it takes Bowen s-type fit accessories so plenty of light modifiers to choose from.

Very Large Wheely Bag / Case the large wheely bag is a great size with Internal Measurements of 88 x 28 x 23 cm and because it has a handle and wheels its so easy to trasnport your photography lighting kit wether is studio flash, video lighting or continuous lighting.

Special Offers

Photographic Background Grey Backdrop

A grey backdrop you may ask what use is it, well the grey backdrop is the most versatile photographic backdrop you can get. You can obviously keep it grey but you can also make it black, would you believe that you could also make it white and if you can make it white then you can make it any colour you like.

Don’t believe me just look at this video, as if by magic Gavin Hoey uses our grey cotton muslin backdrop to do just that, he is using strobist techniques and our strobist softbox but the same technique can be used with any photography lighting including continuous lighting and studio flash .

We also have Gavin Hoey videos in our Tutorial category

Grey Backdrop

Strobist Softbox

Photography lighting

Continuous lighting

Studio flash

June World Cup Offers

Checkout our special offers category.

These offers are for June and will run until the end of June but may be withdrawn earlier. The Lightbank Softbox 2 head continuous lighting kit suitable for video and digital is reduced by £19.00, in the backgrounds and backdrops category the black and white popup backdrop is reduced by £5.00. In the Product Photography category there is £5.00 off the small Tabletop Lighting Kit ideal if you are photographing small items. The 600Ws 2 Head Studio Flash kit is reduced by £20.00 this is now exceptional value be quick as this one is unlikely to stay until the end of June.

Special offers category

Lightbank Softbox 2 head continuous lighting kit

backgrounds and backdrops category

black and white popup backdrop

Product Photography category

Tabletop Lighting Kit

600Ws 2 Head Studio Flash kit


Studio Flash E400 and E800

We are very pleased to present this video which compares 2 powerful quality professional studio flash heads and thanks to Gavin Hoey who runs through the functions, explains them in a straight forward and easy to understand manner. The 400Ws E400 and the 800ws E800 fall between our SD studio flash heads 300Ws and 600Ws, if your in the market for photography lighting and specifically studio flash lighting then have a look at this video we also have a video overview of the SD range.

Don’t forget our entry level systems, slave flash kits and digital 180Ws flash kits, with prices for all budgets.

Studio Flash Lighting Kits

Single head studio flash kits

Two head Studio flash kits

Three head studio flash kit

Studio Lighting Case

We have just launched our premium studio lighting bag / case, this is a soft bag with rigid sides and reinforced corners. It has wheels and a handle on top for easy transportation and its big. Its well padded and has internal dividers that attach with Velcro and has two large pockets on the front.

The quality on this case is superb and is ideal if you want to pack redhead lighting, studio flash or continuous lighting, its big enough even to accomodate lightstands. A case of this quality from a well known brand would cost over £100.00 more than this.

Portrait Lighting Tutorial using 120cm Softbox

This new video tutorial shows how to use a studio flash head with 120cm octagonal softbox as a single light source for portrait photography, presented by Gavin Hoey he explains in simple straightforward terms exactly how the softbox works it works. Showing how the soft light from the softbox wraps around the subject giving a natural effect. It also shows how to use it as an illuminated background to give a pure white background.

Octagonal 120cm or 150cm Professional Softbox

Photography Lighting Videos

If you have not seen them already we have some tutorial and overview videos of our photography lighting including Studio Flash, continuous lighting and video lighting. The videos are produced by Gavin Hoey who does a great job and you should look at his site www.gavtrain.com and you will learn a lot.

We hope to continue the videos approx one every month maybe more, it depends if we can twist Gavin arm to do more.

If you look over to the right hand side of this page the videos are there.