A new group of visual communications students are out on the streets. They graduated in December. Each semester the vis com faculty throw a party where students unveil their graduation portfolios.
Since most phones these days have a flashlight, I often enlist bystanders to light my photos. For the group photo of the students they held their own lights, but that’s usually a bit awkward. I prefer to have someone off-camera hold it, aiming it at the subject’s face. Otherwise I can borrow someone’s flashlight-phone and hold it myself at arm’s length like an 0ff-camera flash.
I usually have a small LED flashlight in my car. It also makes a great off-camera light. They’re super cheap, easy to carry, and the batteries and bulbs last forever. I like low maintenance. If you want to spend more money, there are a lot of LED video lights the market with a wide range of power and control-ability.