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Affordable Studio Lighting for Stunning Portraits

In the world of portrait photography, having the right lighting equipment can make all the difference. It's not just about capturing a moment; it's about creating an atmosphere, setting a mood, and revealing the true beauty of your subject. And for this purpose, I've found a hidden gem that I can't help but share with you - the Godox MS300.

Godox AD600B and Godox MS300
Erin Holmstead Photography

The Basics

Priced at a modest $109, the Godox MS300 is a game-changer for portrait photography enthusiasts. It's an entry-level studio light that packs a surprising punch. This compact light may not be as versatile as a speedlight, and it's not completely wireless, but it's an ideal choice if you're looking to dive into studio photography without emptying your wallet.

One standout feature is its compatibility with the broader Godox lighting system. This means you can start with the MS300 and expand your setup over time, integrating it seamlessly with other Godox lights. It's an investment that can grow with your skills and ambitions.

womens portrait with long blonde hair blue eyes wearing a black top
Erin Holmstead Photography

Power and Versatility

The Godox MS300 is designed with practicality in mind. It offers 300 Ws of power, which is more than sufficient for studio portrait work. The flash duration, ranging from 1/2000 to 1/800 of a second, is perfect for capturing the nuances of portrait subjects, even if they tend to be a bit restless.

The 1.8-second recycle time at full power is standard for lights in this category. While there's no high-speed sync (HSS) or TTL mode, the MS300 excels in providing consistent, beautiful light for portraits.

red haired freckled face model wearing a blue spaghetti strap shirt standing in front of a white wall
Erin Holmstead Photography

User-Friendly Features

A standout feature is the option to turn off the sound, a real blessing when you're in a quiet studio environment. There's nothing worse than a beeping light interrupting the flow of a portrait session.

The Godox MS300 can be controlled with Godox's XPro and X1 triggers, making it versatile for both beginners and experienced photographers. It offers 32 radio channels and 16 groups, ensuring you can manage multiple lights with ease. Plus, it has an optical slave mode for even more flexibility.

Tech Specs

  • Maximum Power: 300 Ws

  • Flash Duration: 1/2000 to 1/800

  • Recycle Time: 0.1 to 1.8 seconds

  • Color Temperature: 5600º K ± 200º K

  • Accessory Fitting Type: Bowens S Type

  • Wattage: 150 W

  • Dimensions: H: 11.1 x W: 5.0 x L: 5.0"

  • Weight: 5.73 lb / 2.6 kg

macro shot a blue eye girl with freckles and a gap in her front teeth
Erin Holmstead Photography

A Versatile Lighting Companion

For me, the Godox MS300 has become an indispensable tool in my portrait photography endeavors. It's versatile, lightweight, and, most importantly, affordable. It fulfills all my needs, whether I'm using it as the main light or adding a fill light in conjunction with my AD600.

At just $109, it's an excellent investment for anyone interested in studio lighting. With its power, versatility, and compatibility with the Godox ecosystem, it's a valuable addition to your photography toolkit. Whether you're shooting captivating portraits or focusing on the intricate details of beauty photography, the Godox MS300 is a reliable partner that won't break the bank.


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