Flashlights for Outdoor Photography

When out taking photos, every good photographer has a good flashlight with them. If you’re a time-lapse or night photographer, it is essential equipment and a red light in it is best for the eyes (not reviewed here). But every outdoor photographer has a need for a good flashlight during those “golden hours” before sunrise or after sunset when the best photos can be taken. And, as a safety item, it’s invaluable!

I’ve used a few different flashlights over the years, and have settled on the following ones as the best and brightest!

Literally! I use both of these and they are the two brightest flashlights made right now.

First (shown above) is the brightest one at 210 Lumens, the Nu-Flare 77R92L Ultrabright Luxeon flashlight. This thing is great. I compare it to an average flashlight and its like the average flashlight is not even on. The Nu-Flare has an adjustable lens for spot or wide, and is very compact with a nice looped lanyard for carrying. It is gun metal gray in color with an orange, soft button on the tail for turning it on and off (push and click). It runs on two CR123A Lithium Batteries that last a long time in this light (6 hours continuous).

The next one is the Streamlight ProTac 2AA Professional Tactical flashlight and I use this one the most. This flashlight comes in second brightest at 120 Lumens, but it has a few more features than the Nu-Flare flashlight. It has a soft switch in the tail that is depressed for turning it on, but this switch has some additional logic to it:

  • One press to click and the flashlight is on (120 Lumens).
  • One quick press then another to click, and the flashlight goes into a strobe mode, flashing on and off.
  • Two quick presses then another to click, and the flashlight is on low beam (14 Lumens).

The low beam is really helpful to have on this light because it not only prolongs battery life (21 hours on low compared to 1.75 hours on high), but with such a bright light, the low beam doesn’t blind you when shining it on your camera equipment. The high beam can bounce back and cause some temporary blindness. I also like the strobe option on this one because it could be used for signaling or rescue, and that’s a safety option worth having.

The Streamlight uses ordinary AA batteries, but I would recommend using lithium ones for longer life. It is thinner and longer than the Nu-Flare one. This flashlight also comes with a metal clip on the flashlight itself, and a Nylon holster that can be Velcro-ed onto a belt for waist use. The Velcro could be a bit of a drawback for those trying to photograph wildlife as it does make quite a noise when opening.

Both of these flashlights are well-worth having if you are an outdoor photographer. For finding your way in the dark they are amazing, and nothing beats the added safety of having a super-bright flashlight with you when you are out in the wild! They can even add fill light to a scene by acting like manual versions of a flash bulb, and throw that light quite some distance too. Who needs flash when you have the brightest flashlights in the world!