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Old 10-29-2005, 09:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So I bought this new 36" x 48" softbox on eBay for only $20. I thought it was a good deal ... then I tried to find a similar "good deal" on a 36" x 48" softbox grid. Best I could find was a 40-degree grid (about 36"x45") for $150 on eBay. After two shoots, I'm sold! Typically I would shoot with five or six lights pointed at various areas of the model's body. For this shoot of Kimberly I only used two Alien Bee 400 lights - one as a hairlight, one in my new softbox.

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Old 10-29-2005, 11:01 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Stunning!

OK, point me to the $20 softbox on eBay... [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
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Old 10-29-2005, 11:03 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Beautiful, Marty. Nice soft light. Something else I need to add to my list of things to get, grids.

So, just the box off to camera right and a hairlight? No reflectors for fill?

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Old 10-29-2005, 11:23 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Yes, the image was shot with just one Alien Bee about 4 feet above her - with the reflector covered with bubble wrap (a poor man's diffusion material) ; and another Alien Bee inside my 36"x48" softbox with the softbox grid to camera right, about 3 feet from Kimberly. Both lights were set at their lowest output settings.

I spend three months lurking on eBay every day or two, just waiting for someone to post an inexpensive softbox. When I saw a couple, I pounced on them. I just looked and there are several 32x48 softboxes with universal speedring mounts for auction (sarting around $20). Grant it, these cheap softboxes won't hold up well over time if you do a lot of location shoots, but for in my home studio, they're perfect.

Here's another images from the shoot with a similar light setup (I Photoshopped the image just a bit to enhance the light falloff toward the edges of the picture)
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Old 10-29-2005, 12:02 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I tolja, man.. once ya go soft, you'll never go hard again.. err... light.. we're talking light, here, folks!

This first image is outstanding! Love the shallow depth of field. and the way the light just wraps around her. Don't be afraid to get the model right up close to the softbox, as well.. the 36x48 is not quite large enough to have that super wrap-around feel too far away.

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Old 10-29-2005, 01:24 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Wow... you sold me too! Nice work and model!


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Old 10-29-2005, 07:45 PM   #7 (permalink)
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That’s a great shot! It's nice to see what can be done with only two lights since that’s all I have. I'm waiting for a back ordered grid for my large strip box and after seeing your post I can hardly wait. Unfortunately I didn't get any bargains.
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Old 10-29-2005, 09:57 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I have a couple of alien bee softboxes too. does anyone make a grid that fits their softboxes?
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Old 10-30-2005, 09:57 AM   #9 (permalink)
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If the Alien Bee softboxes are anything like the cheap ones I bought on eBay, the front panel is not recessed (it wraps around the box and is not seated inside the box). This presents a problem in attaching ANY softbox grid, as most use Velcro fasteners. I have a nice solution for this minor problem, but you'll need to buy some additional Velcro and do a small bit of sewing. If you're interested, email me and I'll send you the step by step instructions with pictures.

As for locating the softbox grids ... check in the camera section of eBay, using the search term "Egg Crate." I know J and K has some 48" x 32" for about $130. You can also do an Internet search for "soft fabric egg crate" or "egg crate grids" and you see that Adorama sells the 48" x 32" JTL grids for $119.

Hope this helps.

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Old 11-01-2005, 12:46 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I just picked up a 5' "dynaphos" octolume, great quality with grids and diffusers from the amvona seller on ebay. The hard part was trying to fit it on my sv lights, lol. picked it up for 46 plus shipping.
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