Shooting Flashpoint’s 180 Compact Monolight

Flashpoint 180 monolightFlashpoint’s 180 is a compact battery powered 180-Ws monolight designed for studio or location use. The 180 monolight lets you adjust output steplessly from 1/16 to full power over a five-stop range. This lightweight (the head weighs two pounds) kit includes everything but a lightstand that you need to start shooting, including a case to carry it in.

The 180 monolight is powered by two NP-F960 camcorder batteries and has enough power for up to 700 flashes. In my initial studio shoot, I made 275 exposures most at half-power but a goodly number at full power, like the example shown, were made at full power and it seemed as strong at the end of the session as it was at the beginning.

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1/125 sec at f/8 and ISO 100

Included in the kit is a 37-inch collapsible translucent umbrella and 7-inch metal reflector with Bowens S-compatible mount that permits the use of compatible light and accessories. For the example, I only used the (clear) plastic flash tube cover. There’s a lot to like about Flashpoint’s 180 battery-powered monolight. It’s affordable, the kit fits in a compact case making it easy to pack for weddings and events, and it’s affordable.

The image of Dalia Rasa was shot last Friday in my 11×15-foot home studio with the Flashpoint 180 monolight placed directly behind her. A Canon EX550 speedlight with it’s head pointed at the (camera) left wall was mounted on a Canon EOS 60D with EF-S15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens at 58mm. Background is a Savage Infinity vinyl background that doesn’t reflect light. Original was shot in color and converted to black and white using Nik Silver Efex Pro.

Author: Joe Farace

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