The (now discontinued) Flashpoint 180 was a compact battery powered 180 Watt-second monolight that’s designed for studio on-location use. The 180 head itself weighs less than two pounds. A knob on its back lets you steplessly adjust output from 1/16 to full power over a five-stop range. This lightweight (seven pounds) kit includes everything you need but a lightstand to start shooting, including a case to carry it all in.
For this shot, a 12×36-inch Westcott Strip Softbox with silver interior is attached to a Bowens com-patible speed ring and mounted on the mono-light. It is placed at camera left. A 32-inch Flash-point reflector is at camera right but all during the session I moved it in and out of shoots looking for a more dramatic look that I finally achieved. A Savage Infinity Photo Gray vinyl background is suspended by a JTL background stand and photographs darker due to the directionality of the Westcott Strip Softbox.
No reflector was used in the final shot creating which showing the 12×36-inch Westcott Strip Softbox at its most directional creation a theatrical look. The lens used with the Panasonic Lumix G5 was an Olympus 45mm f/1.8. Google’s Silver Efex Pro was used to convert the portrait to monochrome and Google’s Color Efex Glamour Glow filter was added to produce a classic Hollywood look.
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