Monolight – Pros & Cons

In this week’s article, we will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using a Monolight.


  1. Flash time cycle

When using Monolight during a photo shoot, there is no need to wait for it to recharge its power before another flash pops.

Regardless of the brand – top notch or not, a Monolight requires a second or a few milliseconds to recharge.

  1. No more batteries

A Monolight is powered by plugging it to an AC outlet. Meaning, you are assured of a continuous power supply (unless there is a power shut down of course).

  1. Doubles as a Modeling Lamp

Most Monolight have continuous light that can range up to 1000 watts of power. If it uses a halogen bulb, you can actually use it as a modeling lamp which assists in achieving those effects where shadows are falling or creating a catch light and / or reflections from eyeglasses.


1. Portability

Monolight is heavy equipment. Include the support gears like the stand and booms and these will add more on the weight (and the price tag). So it is not an easy task to move around when using a Monolight.

  1. Power outlet

If you are planning to use a Monolight for an outdoor photo shoot, you might as well need to have a power generator with you.

Remember it is not like our regular flash guns that require only 4 AA batteries to power up.

  1. Manual

Monolight does not function like your typical flash guns. You will need to keep updating your settings manually. If you are used to TTL – ETTL – HSS settings, using a Monolight could be a hassle.

I hope this article has provided you with some understanding on Monolight!

Contributed by Glenn Wesley Dulay