Author: Tony Colangelo
Like so many others in our community, I use the Godox/Flashpoint flash systems. Not only do they offer a wide variety of flashes to cover different needs, they utilize a coordinated triggering system that allows all flashes within the Godox/Flashpoint family to be controlled by one trigger. One of the things that I’ve noticed in using these flashes though is that I ended up getting a very warm image. It is a little annoying but it’s usually a very quick fix to correct in post.
Recently, I stumbled across a video from our friend, Nathan Cool, who’s discovered that the additional warmth added to the shot is not caused by the flash but rather, by the trigger--specifically, the most recent version of the Godox/Flashpoint trigger (i.e., the Godox "X-Pro"/Flashpoint R2 Pro). Apparently, when the multiple contact pins in this trigger contact the counterpart pins in the camera's hotshoe, incorrect information is communicated to the camera, which then results in it making an inappropriate interpretation of the WB needs for the shot thus producing a very warm image. Nathan found that when he placed a “dumb” trigger (i.e., one that only has a single firing pin) into the camera's hotshoe, and then stacked his Godox/Flashpoint trigger into the hotshoe of the dumb trigger, the warmth issue simply went away.
So if you use a Godox "X-Pro"/Flashpoint "R2 Pro" trigger and you’ve been encountering flash exposures that are way too warm, then you can try any of the following:
Based on Nathan's findings, I’ve put into place another solution: I place a first-generation Godox/Flashpoint trigger (Godox X-1 or Flashpoint R2) into my camera’s hotshoe and I physically carry with me, the second-generation trigger, which I use to "communicate" with multiple flashes. This enables me to change power levels on any flash I'm using, without having to go back to my camera to make that change (I got this set-up from my friend, Amir Neshati). Anyway, within the the first-generation trigger, is a programmable "custom-function" that allows you to deactivate all contact pins other than the firing pin. If you want to use this trigger set-up, then on your Godox X-1 or Flashpoint R2 trigger, go to "Custom Function 01" and use the selection wheel to turn “on” the single pin feature.
In any case, thanks to our colleague, Nathan Cool, for highlighting this issue and the multiple solutions to address it.
Tony Colangelo is a residential and commercial photographer, as well as a photography coach, based in Victoria, BC, Canada. He is a long-time contributor to PFRE and is the creator of The Art & Science of Great Composition tutorial series.