There's a picture of a teenager on the box, and its colorcoding and extremely clear directions give it a child-friendly simplicity. Yet F.J. Westcott's new Photo Basics lighting kit (starting at $395, street, for a two-light version) is no toy. This well-built system, available in two- and three-light versions for studio portraiture or tabletop product photography, is aimed at absolute beginners of any age.
What makes these kits unique is their concept: to teach, as well as produce, basic studio-quality lighting. They accomplish this with features such as: