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Diana Daley The Gorilla Pod Torch or Flare is a good off camera continuous light for quick on the go, macro/detail shots too. If for no other reason the super awesome gorilla pod tripod stand thingy with magnetic feet rocks when you don't have a third hand to hold stuff! I have the Flare (but only because I was able to steal...urhmmm ... repurpose it from a toolbox) http://joby.com/gorillatorch  Nov 4, 2011, 4:28pm

Peter M You know, this light isn't a bad thing to have around when you lose power either!  Aug 27, 2011, 9:45pm

Jessica Sweeney This was great. Even though you went through shooting details at Walk Through a Wedding, I still got a lot out of this post. Thanks for writing such a great blog.  Aug 15, 2011, 2:45am

Sarah Goodwin Fantastic! I am lost when it comes to lighting but I know I need the skills so I can rock out any setting like you two can :) (I too am like - what's a pocket wizard? I have to google it everytime)  Jul 30, 2011, 3:07pm

Julia Noack I love you guys. :) I have been thinking of getting a video light for awhile now, but this post convinced me to take the (only $29) plunge. Thanks!  Jul 30, 2011, 2:27pm

sherri lynn This is so helpful!! Thanks for posting these tips on lighting!  Jul 30, 2011, 9:56am

Kristin Oh thank you for sharing this. And for only $29. Nice.  Jul 29, 2011, 11:29pm

lisa cour Thank you so spelling this out...so very helpful. I need to get one and practice, practice, practice!  Jul 29, 2011, 10:39am

denise karis amazing post - thank you SO much!!  Jul 29, 2011, 6:03am

Christa Hann I love this....now I have a whole list of stuff I need! I better be a really good girl from now until Christmas :)  Jul 28, 2011, 11:41pm

Kristin Nicole great post! I would love to hear how you utilize the video light for dancing as well.  Jul 28, 2011, 6:03pm

Mireille Should have read your post first! Just this afternoon order some stuff :o). This could have been on the list as well cause I love photo toys. Another reason to order again soon...  Jul 28, 2011, 5:32pm

Sarajane Case Maybe I should know this, but, I'd love to hear how you all use the video light during the dancing.  Jul 28, 2011, 2:50pm

Robin We never shoot details without video light...it's been our secret weapon for several years now...so many uses at so many places.  Jul 28, 2011, 1:50pm

Abbey Awesome tips Mary! I plan on pulling out that video light more often and use it to my advantage.  Jul 28, 2011, 1:41pm

Arielle Gorgeous! And speaking of dramatic jewelry, can we talk about Mary's stunner of a bracelet???  Jul 28, 2011, 1:09pm

Gabby / En Route Photography Well you really shouldn't tempt me too much... I've just bought a 5mk2, a new lens and a speedlight last week so the last thing I need is adding more items to my shopping list! ;D Very useful post though! Thanks a million! xxx http://enroute-blog.com/  Jul 28, 2011, 1:05pm

jeramy great tips!  Jul 28, 2011, 12:46pm

jackie g. photog great post!! i love to peek behind the scenes! one of the photogs i often 2nd shoot with uses this video light...it's rechargeable! http://www.amazon.com/Sima-SL-20LX-Ultra-Bright-Video/dp/B000WKW69Q/ref=wl_it_dp_o?ie=UTF8&coliid=I228RYHF6PTVAO&colid=8WEDCXDE2X8I  Jul 28, 2011, 12:46pm

ALEXANDRA HUNT [PHOTOGRAPHY Thanks for your comment on my blog, Mary! Also, thanks for the recomendation - a video light is next on my to-get list (and I already use Adorama - it ships to Canada, unlike Amazon)!  Jul 28, 2011, 12:46pm

MM @Jessica: we're usually having one of us hold it while one shoots. Although J is multi-talented and has been known to both hold and shoot! :)  Jul 28, 2011, 12:41pm

Jessica Awesome detail shots! Just a quick question... how are you getting it to stand by itself? Are you just rigging whatever is around to hold it?  Jul 28, 2011, 12:15pm

Trude That's awesome and so helpful, thank you for sharing!  Jul 28, 2011, 12:14pm

Damaris Mia This was great! Beautiful images too :)  Jul 28, 2011, 11:54am

Gail I blogged recently about wanting to find a great video light and I love getting your recommendation for this one! Excited to start playing around with one. These detail shots here are KILLER!  Jul 28, 2011, 11:51am

Abby Grace This is seriously cool. I'll be honest- I call myself a "natural light photographer," and though I really do love natural light, some of that title has to do with teh fact that I am woefully uninformed in the art of lighting. I have no idea what you'd need to set up an external flash in a stand with an umbrella. What the heck is a pocket wizard? This seems simple enough though- it's continuous lighting, right? You just turn it on and hold it where you want it? I can do that!  Jul 28, 2011, 11:45am

Dottie Thanks so much Mary!  Jul 28, 2011, 11:43am