THE SIMPLE LIGHT
$498, estimated street
Unlike strobes, which make it hard to tell how your lighting looks until you take the picture, tungsten lights are constant -- easy for studio newbies to finesse until they get the look they want. Interfit's new three-head tungsten kit, which packages all of the basics together, is a great place to start. Hot: Three SXT3200 heads with 500-watt bulbs, stands, umbrellas, background cloth, a bag to carry it all in, and a DVD to teach you how to use it all. Not: The lights get very hot, and they're not as bright as strobes, which help you freeze motion.