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How to Add a Big Strobe to Your Real Estate Photography Flash Lineup

April 26th, 2018

Bill in California asks:

I’m interested in finding out more about which strobes/moonlights RE photographers use. I didn’t find much reference to those in the PFRE equipment poll or in the general blog posts.

I shoot listings for only 1 client (my wife) with up to four YN560-III Speedlights remotely controlled by a YN560-TX. I have, on occasion, shot larger homes with 12’ – 20+’ ceilings. But after attending Rich Baum’s fabulous Tips & Tricks Workshop last month, I realize how much easier it would have been with larger lights. [‘Scotty, more power!’] Rich is big on Godox/Flashpoint units but they’re quite pricey from my perspective.

I’m looking to get the most bang-for-the-buck and would love to get a 600W unit. Yongnuo doesn’t have anything anywhere near that much power. Is there something outside the YN family that would be compatible with my 2.4GHz channel YN560s and TX controller? Might the YN560-TX also control a Godox/Flashpoint strobe?

Here is my take on your question:

  1. I’m like you, I’ve used 3 or 4 YN-560s of various vintages triggered with a YN560-TX for a very long time. Even though I have a NiceFoto 680W N-Flash (cheaper and more powerful than the Godox/Flashpoint), I’ve never been tempted to drag it on a real estate shoot. I find the multiple small flashes get the job done for me. I’ve been drinking the Scott Hargis Kool-Aid for a long time. Good stuff!
  2. There is a way to trigger your YN560-III flashes from any large flash. First, use whatever trigger your large strobe needs on your camera body and put all your YN-560 flashes in slave mode so they will be triggered optically by the big strobe. See this video for details. The downside of doing it this way is that you can’t turn groups of flashes on or off from your camera like you can with your YN560-TX controller.
  3. Over the years, we have talked about larger strobes but not specifically the Godox/Flashpoint. The NiceFoto 680W N-Flash is actually used by a number of readers.

Does anyone have any other advice for Bill?

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8 Responses to “How to Add a Big Strobe to Your Real Estate Photography Flash Lineup”

  • Although the YN560 won’t control a Godox/Flashpoint system, you could potentially stack with a RF603 trigger. The 603 has a pass through hotshoe. Last year I purchased a AD360, which has a battery to power it. I can stack the trigger on top of my RD603, which is on my hotshoe. This allows me to trigger both the Yongnuo speedlights, and the AD360. The benefit of this is that I can handhold my YN560-TX, and retain power/zoom/group adjustments on the speedlights.

    I haven’t used the AD360 for real estate yet, so far I’ve been using a single YN560-III with umbrella and doing Enfuse. But I’ve tried the speedlights with my AD360 for some portraiture and it’s worked out fine.

  • The best bang for your buck will be the Rovelight 600B units. Just put a yn receiver on it.

  • On Andrew’s advice from his videos, I just got a Rovelight 2 weeks ago & love it. Works great with my pocket wizard.

  • I purchased a Godox AD200 last summer and am very pleased with it. It is twice as powerful as my Canon EX’s and I’ve been using it on a daily basis. And it won’t break the bank – about $300 at B & H.

  • Has anyone tried stacking a Yongnuo YN-560 TX transmitter on top of a Godox X1 hot shoe transmitter? It seems to me you might be able to control both Yongnuo and Godox flashes that way.

  • I recently bought a Flashpoint eVolv200 (same as Godox AD200) and like it. It’s about the same as 3 speedlights. I rarely have situations where I need more… but when I do, I sure with I had a Rovelight!

  • Mike – I’ve stacked a cowboy studio transmitter on top of my X1 and controlled both my Godox and Neewer speedlights. Works great.

  • I’m in the same place. I have a stack of YN’s (Thanks Amir) and a JTL Mobilight strobe. I’d like to switch to the Godox/Flashpoint system for the variety of flashes/strobes they have that all use Li ion batteries and the same remote. It just not in the budget right now.My short term solution has been to use a Yongnuo RF-603 trigger on the strobe. My medium term solution is to get a RF-605 trigger since it can be set to a group and turned on and off with the TX560 controller. I won’t be able to control the power on the strobe, but I don’t use it very often so it’s not as big of a difference as going to the remote controlled speedlights.

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