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I hear a lot of stories from photographers telling they need 1200 Ws flash or more to work outside on a sunny day.

Apparently they think you need a lot of power to flash away the shadow and the sun.


When they say this, I just show my little magic box; the ELB400 with 400 Ws output. That is enough to overpower the sun, along with the Skyport Plus HS trigger. I hear them laughing, “It will never work,” they say.

They don’t know this is actually the perfect combo to beat the sun!

© Peter Van Heulen

"It will never work,"

they say.


I show them how it works.

For example, recently I had to make some pictures for a publication about yoga. The model was only a few hours available, and, of course, at the worst time of the day in the early afternoon. The sun was shining directly into my lens. And the pictures needed to be made on this specific location, near the water.

This looks like an impossible situation.


With the right gear.

When you have the right gear, you have no problem to resolve such setting. I mount the Skyport Plus HS trigger on my camera and make the composition for the shot, with the Sun above the model. 

I measure the sky and I underexposed it almost 1,5 f-stop getting a darker background.

The Sekonic Litemaster Pro is the perfect meter for this work, it remotely triggers the flash too.

© Peter Van Heulen
Without Hi-Sync Flash - With Hi-Sync Flash

For the flash I used the ELB 400 with one Quadra HS head fitted on a Rotalux Softbox Deep Octa 100 cm in front of the model just above my head. I use 2/3 stop more light output to get the model nice and bright in the picture. With this equipment, you can Hi-Sync the flash light with the camera up to 1/8000 sec of a shutter speed. But for this shot I only needed 1/3200 sec.


No Limits.

The little magic box allowed me to save a lot of time and hustle. I even had some time to do another shot in a nearby cornfield.

With these kinds of equipment, there is no limit to flash photography anymore. You can work everywhere in every condition and make magical pictures. 

© Peter Van Heulen

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  • ELB 400 Hi-Sync To Go Kit

    $1,499.00More infoAdd to cart

    ELB 400 Hi-Sync To Go Kit


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    Original Price: $1,839.99

    Built to be as portable as possible and weighing only 0.28 kg (0.62 lbs.), this head not only packs well but it is mountable in situations that would be impossible for a full-sized flash head. It also integrates a daylight balanced LED modelling lamp that produces the equivalent of 50W of tungsten light output. The HS designation denotes the system’s optimized head for Hi-Sync photography such as high shutter speeds or overpowering the sun and limits the gradient effect to a maximum. It is ideal to use in conjunction with the optional new EL-Skyport transmitter Plus HS.

    It includes a high quality bag dedicated to location which is fully adaptable to your needs.

    A strong and robust design which enables photographer to simply trigger and adjust flash power up to 200 m (656 feet) away, optimize reception by its swivel functionality and is powered by AA batteries. It also includes a high quality bag dedicated to location which is fully adaptable to your needs.

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  • Elinchrom Skyport Transmitter Pro for Canon

    $249.95More infoAdd to cart

    Elinchrom Skyport Transmitter Pro for Canon


    The Elinchrom Skyport Transmitter Pro for Canon represents the latest evolution in Elinchrom's venerable wireless ecosystem. It combines compatibility with three generations of transceivers and flash heads with cutting edge features like Hi-Sync flash sync speeds up to 1/8000 sec two way visual feedback and TTL with Manual Lock.

    Two Way Visual Feedback Interface
    The large LCD display of the Skyport HS features two-way control via a Visual Feedback Interface that lets you see the exact power of every light in your setup right on the transmitter. The individual strobes show up automatically on the screen, and users can control each light's power level and modeling lamp settings directly from the Skyport transmitter or on the strobe itself, which instantly shows the updated power settings.

    Hi-Sync and HSS
    Go beyond the X-Sync of your camera with two different flash synchronisation technologies; Hi-Synch and HSS. Hi-Sync is optimised for power and while HSS is easier to use and more consistent. The Transmitter Pro uniquely integrates both Hi-Sync and HSS so photographers can simply access sync speeds up to 1/8000s to freeze motion, overpower the sun, darken backgrounds, or use a wider aperture for a shallow depth of field.

    Hi-Sync is only achievable with Hi-Sync enabled flash heads and the Transmitter Pro must be used in manual mode while HSS only works with TTL enabled units with the Transmitter pro in either manual or TTL mode.
    Note: both technologies may be used simultaneously when the Transmitter Pro is in manual mode. (ex. ELB 1200 with Hi-Sync + ELB 500 TTL with HSS)

    Impressive Wireless Range
    The Skyport Transmitter Pro has 20 channels and 4 groups that can be used for either Normal or Speed mode, and a wireless range of 656' outdoors and 196' indoors. Users can instantly distinguish what sync mode they are in since the backlit display glows green for normal sync mode, and red for speed sync mode.

    The Skyport Transmitter Pro is compatible with previous generations of Elinchrom flash units including the EL- Skyport Transceiver RX module for Style RX, Digital RX, and Ranger RX systems and the integrated EL-Skyport modules for the BRX, D-Lite RX, ELC Pro HD, and ELB series. The Skyport Transmitter Pro adds synchronization capability and two-way control functionality to all Elinchrom lights with EL-Skyport capability.

    User Updatable Firmware
    Designed to be a future proof, users can update the firmware of the Transmitter Pro via included mini usb cable. Current Skyport Plus HS owners can update to full Pro functionality via a free firmware update on

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  • Rotalux Softbox Deep Octa 100cm

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    Rotalux Softbox Deep Octa 100cm


    This narrow shaped Deep Octa reduces the spread of light and offers sharper shadows compared to standard sized octagonal softboxes. It provides a very even diffuse light over the front screen and is an excellent crispy and direct light when used without diffusers to give a beauty dish look. 

  • Elinchrom Q-Portalite Square 16x16in Softbox (40x40cm)

    $134.99More infoAdd to cart

    Elinchrom Q-Portalite Square 16x16in Softbox (40x40cm)


    Very transportable by its compactness, this small size softbox has been designed for portraits and product photography.

    The EL speed ring and rods are designed to give good stability and quick assembly.

    Only fits Quadra heads.

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