+ My thoughts on the GODOX AD300pro
What’s up world? I am back in my usual space, back to work! For those who are interested at the very end of this article, I will talk about some of my upcoming projects. I tested new gear this summer, new tools (for me), and I needed some time to actually get comfortable with them so that I can share my thoughts about them because these tools had an impact on my work. Now, on this channel, will only talk about tools that I actually use regularly, gear that has potential, and nothing else. This article and video only exist because I’ve received many messages the past 2 years about GODOX and their flashes. I am a Broncolor user, and never really looked at them before, but things change, GODOX was kind enough to send me the AD 600pro and AD 300pro… But in this video, It will be all about the 300!
Maeva K. (Toulouse - France) Fujifilm GFX100s GF250mm F4 R LM OIS WR 1/125sec f/4 ISO 400
Maeva K. (Toulouse - France) Fujifilm GFX100s GF250mm F4 R LM OIS WR 1/160sec f/4 ISO 320
At a Glance (Images from: http://www.godox.com) :
So Godox throughout the years has managed to seduce a lot of photographers and I totally understand why. They propose a wide variety of tools, from entry-level to professional at a very competitive price. How does the AD 300pro perform? Is it consistent? Robust? Easy to use? In this new session with Maeva, I went back to my roots on this one. Back in the day, I was only working with one light. Most of my work was made outdoors, and after a while, I needed a flash for more control and creativity. The goal here is not to overpower the sun. I used it to have more control over my shadows and the direction of my light. Sometimes we really want a precise composition and framing but unfortunately, the light is not really in our favor. Adding a flash gives us the option to maybe get the shot. I also tested the unit on a more traditional portrait session but more on that in an upcoming article. To my surprise from a look where my model is obviously lit, to a more realistic look, the AD300 pro was able to keep up. I thought that this light wouldn’t have the punch, but it did! So for simple sessions like these, you don’t need more... Trust me.
Maeva K. (Toulouse - France) Fujifilm GFX100s GF250mm F4 R LM OIS WR 1/160sec f/4 ISO 200
Maeva K. (Toulouse - France) Fujifilm GFX100s GF250mm F4 R LM OIS WR 1/160sec f/4.5 ISO 100
The advantage with the AD300pro is the size, and weight, although in my case since I used a Broncolor Adapter I kind of lost the advantage of the size. But if you use it with a regular Umbrella or one of the many light modifiers made for this light, then you have a travel-friendly light that you can almost take anywhere with you. The light is really easy to use, I was able to make these 2 sessions and didn’t have to charge it right away. It comes with a nice little case, and you have a battery and its charger included. So what didn’t I like here… well, not much, I didn't have any issues, no misfires, no major color shifts. I even used it with the AD 600pro and they both work together flawlessly. The huge advantage of the size and weight is that It is super easy to use overhead.
Images from: http://www.godox.com
You may not have noticed but I used it a lot this summer, so the majority of the images you see on my Instagram right now and that were created with a flash were made with these 2! I don’t like the look, but who cares really, so if you are starting out or not… and if you are looking for an affordable solution for a first flash, this might be the one. I started with a Speedlite years ago. I wish this was available back then! My thoughts about the AD 600pro will come in another video. Tell us in the comments below if you are a Godox user, and share your experience with us! So, now that it’s just you and me, I am not going to make this long. I talked about a change that I wanted to operate at the end of last year, and that got pushed back to earlier this year, and then postponed again to this summer and here we are. Basically, the world has changed, we all know it, and my landscape has changed, and the type of work that is coming to me is really different compared to what I used to do. You probably noticed, I worked a lot at home the past 6 months and I’ve been writing and trying to get some of my video work into production. So far only a bunch of tests, with different cameras and rigs, and one of my latest dance videos was released this summer… If you haven’t watched it, go check it out. I just finished the edit of 4 other micro/ short films that will be released not here but on my 2nd channel. Don't worry, I will keep you informed of all the changes when the time has come. Until then, please, have a good one!