Adorama Monolights Page 2

During the same workshop, I photographed Leslie using two Adorama DigiPoppers. One was placed camera-left set at full power and bounced into a 45" F.J. Westcott Optical White Satin umbrella. The other was mounted on a low stand, behind Leslie, and was used to provide some separation from the background, something a one-light setup did not offer. A Canon EOS D60 at ISO 100 set at f/8 at 1/80 sec with a 28-105mm lens (at 105mm) was used.

Each metal-shelled Flashpoint II includes a sturdy reflector that was a good match to the 45" F.J. Westcott umbrellas I use as well as that company's Halo and Apollo light banks. Adorama offers several accessories for the Flashpoint II monolights, including barn doors, snoots, 16" "beauty" reflector, and 24x24" and 24x36" light banks. The accessories bayonet onto the front of the Flashpoint II using a Photogenic Photomaster compatible mount, so all your speed rings that fit that system should work. Be aware that Photogenic's PowerLight and StudioMax monolights use a different mounting standard.

See the accompanying charts for detailed specifications for both series of monolights.

Proving you can make images anywhere, this image was made in my friend John's garage using a single Adorama Flashpoint II, model 620, holding a 45" F.J. Westcott Optical White Satin umbrella and placed to the right of the model. Light from the left was provided by a single photoflood lamp in a reflector attached to a clamp. A slow shutter speed (1/30 sec) was used to pick up the ambient light from the different colored light source and a Canon EOS 10D, using a 28-105mm lens (at 75mm), was set at ISO 100. The background was created using Flaming Pear's (
"Glitterato" digital filter.

In The Field
Both the cute DigiPoppers and Flashpoint II monolights produced output that was consistent with the data shown in the accompanying charts. Exposure was measured using the highly accurate, yet clunky, battery-eatin' Gossen Luna Star F2 meter. Almost all of the time the measured aperture produced well exposed image files, but occasionally they were tweaked by looking at the histogram on my Canon digital SLR and making adjustments. On the Flashpoint II monolights this was accomplished by turning the continuously variable Power Setting knob on the back of the light. Since the DigiPoppers have only three-power settings (1/4, 1/2, full), or maybe four if you count "off," I just changed my camera's aperture to get perfectly exposed images.

Adorama includes everything you need in the package, from reflector to power cord to flash tube and modeling lights as well as a surprisingly rugged (and long) 15-foot sync cord. The sync cord plug for the DigiPoppers is mini-audio so Bowens' ( way-cool Pulsar wireless slave units connected perfectly. The Flashpoint II monolights use the larger 1/4" phone plug, so you'll need to make a trip to RadioShack to get an adapter if you want to use the Pulsars.


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