Finding the Stella reflex lights has been such a huge breath of fresh air. I don’t even know where to begin but I will tell you my story of how I ended up with these lights. First of all, as an equine and pet photographer, there are some situations where I may not be able to use my strobes, such as a dog that has an extreme fear of storms or while at a performance event with horses. As much as I love being able to use strobes- I needed a solution to fill in when I couldn’t use strobes. After countless hours spent researching continual light and thousands of dollars spent on terrible low-power continual lights that were large, bulky, and just didn’t do the job I was feeling stumped on where to turn. Plus I was stuck carrying both strobes and my continual lights just in case I needed them which wasn’t realistic.
I discovered the CLx10 shortly before the Reflex lights were introduced and as soon as I got my hands on it and realized how much brighter and more durable it was than all of the other continual lights I had been trying to make work, I knew that I had found a brand of lights for me…then the Reflex lights were introduced which were smaller and more versatile as they could replace my strobes and continual lights in one tiny package. I was in love.
The reflex lights blew me away in my 3-week long event where I photographed 150 horses and dogs and they ran for nearly 3 weeks straight on continuous mode, they were such a game changer. No more giant bulky lights to tote in and out each day- no more worrying about lights getting knocked over because I knew without a doubt that these lights are durable and rugged- and I didn’t have to worry about the dirt and dust in the barns impacting the lights.
My next test was at a dance studio using them on burst mode with the battery packs- they worked for a week straight photographing over 1000 dancers, the battery pack on them lasted for what felt like an eternity compared to any other strobes I had used in the past and I rarely had to charge them which was so nice.
At our dog events- we could seamlessly switch from burst to continual mode when we had a dog that was afraid of the lights or apprehensive. It was truly such a great thing to have.
I am now the proud owner of 6 reflex lights (soon to be 8)- and the CLx10. My CLx10 actually lives in my office and is the light I use for all of my zoom calls and for recording courses.
As a traveling photographer that works around thousand-pound+ animals that are unpredictable in dusty environments the durability and portability of the Reflex lights is completely unmatched.