Photo above: Chelle Leary at Krog Street Tunnel in Atlanta, Georgia
[NIKON Z 6, 24.0-105.0 mm f/4.0, Mode = Aperture Priority, ISO 1000, 1/60, ƒ/4, (35mm = 58)]
Flashpoint XPLOR 600 HSS TTL list price $699
Sale Price $479
I have shot with this flash in Hawaii, because they have a couple at the school I teach at each year.
I put this photo up on the blog in February using it here.
When the sale price popped up around Thanksgiving I started to think should I do it and buy them. I finally bought two and now will be slowly selling my older lights, which work just fine, for these in the near future.
I took my daughter to the Krog Street Tunnel in Atlanta. The Krog Street Tunnel is a tunnel in Atlanta known for its street art. The tunnel links the Cabbagetown, Reynoldstown, and Inman Park neighborhoods. It is very popular among cyclists, and is used as part of the BeltLine, for bicyclists and pedestrians to cross Hulsey Yard.
I shot all these on TTL and controlled the two lights using the Godox X1 that I already owned before buying the lights.
I just put one of the lights on A Channel and the other on B Channel and powered them at 0, -1 and low as -3.
Now depending on the ISO I set the camera the scene would look a great deal different.
The lower the ISO the more the flashes became the dominate light. The reason is I didn’t want to hand hold the flash a long time and then you would see ghosting in the subject if she moved.
By basically changing the ISO I could decide how the blending of natural light with the strobes was working. I find trying to keep just a small amount of flash on the model’s face gives the best color and dynamic range in the skin tones.
I also took my daughter out in the sunlight and did more photos. Here the daylight is at more of her back, she would have been silhouetted without the flash. Notice the flash sync went up to 1/320. You can do high speed sync with these flashes.
While I shot with my Nikon Z6 to get all these photos, these flashes will work with Fuji, Nikon, Canon and Sony. Just need to buy the correct transmitter for your camera brand. The strobes will work with all of them.
I bought the Flashpoint brand. However, you can find the same flash in other brand names like Godox, Neewer, Cheetah, MoLight and others. It’s a good idea to go with dealers a little more local to you just in case of problems. If you have a problem with the Flashpoint Adorama has good reputation of taking care of you to get it repaired.