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Discovering Endless Creativity: The Savage RGB Portrait Kit

In the world of photography, being a creative and innovative photographer is all about thinking outside the box. It's about seeking out new tools and techniques that will take your art to the next level. That's precisely what I found when a friend introduced me to the Savage RGB Portrait Kit. It instantly became a must-have in my toolkit, and after receiving a kit from B&H for review, I was blown away by its capabilities.

picture of a model sitting on a stool with a V-Flat behind her and two Savage portrait lights on the left and right of her
Erin Holmstead Photography

What's Inside the Box

The Savage RGB Portrait Kit is a comprehensive package designed for photographers looking to explore the realm of dynamic and colorful lighting. It includes two bi-color LED RGB lights, two 20-inch softboxes that are incredibly easy to set up, two six-foot light stands, and a padded carrying bag for easy transportation.

One of the standout features of this kit is the flexibility it offers. With the ability to adjust the color temperature seamlessly between 3200-5500K, and a dimmer for brightness control, it gives you complete creative control over your lighting. But that's just the beginning - the true magic happens when you dive into the plethora of special effects settings, including a staggering 360 different color options when using the Savage Light Manager app on your smartphone. The possibilities are indeed endless.

women with blonde hair staring into the light with a gap in her front teeth
Erin Holmstead Photography

Putting it to the Test

The day my Savage RGB Portrait Kit arrived, I had a photo shoot scheduled. I had been eagerly anticipating its arrival, and my inspiration for the shoot was none other than the color master herself, Lindsay Adler. Her work with gels has always fascinated me, and I wanted to see if these lights could stand up to her level of creativity.

I'm pleased to say, it did not disappoint. The range of colors that these lights can produce was even broader than I expected. The color saturation at all power levels was simply beautiful. Setting up and maneuvering these lights was a breeze, which is essential for any photographer during a shoot.

For this particular shoot, I decided to place one light on each side of the model, creating a captivating split-light effect. My goal was to illuminate her entire face with colored light, and it worked like a dream. I frequently changed the color of each light, trying every hue imaginable, and we loved them all. What surprised me most was how little the brightness affected the colors - they remained vibrant and true.

portrait of a women in red light and slick backed hair wearing red lipstick
Erin Holmstead Photography

A Game Changer in Portraiture

The Savage RGB Portrait Kit has now become one of my favorite tools. I've found that I use it most often for portrait shoots. The convenience of seeing the light as it will appear on my subject, along with the ability to switch quickly between color temperatures, makes it an indispensable part of my workflow.

It's remarkable how under-talked this light is in the market. When friends and fellow photographers ask for recommendations on studio lights to begin their creative journey, this is at the top of my list. It opens a whole new world of possibilities for those willing to experiment with color and lighting in their photography.

picture of a women looking over her left shoulder with long blonde hair and bangs with blue light on her face and red light on her hair
Erin Holmstead Photography


In the world of photography, discovering tools that unleash your creativity is a journey in itself. The Savage RGB Portrait Kit has opened doors I didn't even know existed. It's a game-changer, particularly in the realm of portraiture. It's the underdog of the lighting world, and it deserves more recognition. So, if you're looking to add a splash of color and innovation to your photography, this kit should be your first choice. It's a treasure trove of artistic potential, and it's waiting for you to explore it.


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