Earlier this year, I had attend a seminar from Jerry Ghionis and his inspiration lead me to explore a lighting technique I used at one of Frank Wisneski Photography Class, Lighting On Location. The technique involve controlling the light source to give you the drama effects you would like in a picture. With that, in researching for lighting equipment, I had asked several photography users group what they recommend as a good, in-expensive portable light. Since then, a few people had asked me if I found what I was looking for because some of them are in the same situation.
I wanted something light, portable, battery powered, able to sit on a tripod, and in-expensive. That was a difficult task. I ended up with purchasing a couple of the "Flashpoint Twin 20w Video Light" (Images to the right). It is a 3rd party light using standard Sony Camcorder battery. With both light active, the battery last a good 2 hours 1/2. For most purpose, single light works perfectly. The Flashpoint Twin served the purpose I wanted to do without costing me hundreds at the same time. The construction of it is a bit flimsy, but can't expect too much for the price.
Below are a few pictures using I had taken in Frank Wisneski sessions using the Flashpoint Video Light. More can be seen @ http://www.photographybykevin.net
For both of these pictures, the first Flashpoint was situated on the left side of the image below the front headlights of the motorcycle shining up at the male subject with single bulb. The second Flashpoint was used with double bulb on the right side of the image to shine at the female subject. The camera was set on manual mode, raw format, and exposed for ambient light on the subject. No additional exposure compensation performed.