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Old 09-23-2005, 09:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Id like to try to soften up my Canon 420 a little. Does anyone have an opinion on to or not to and if so which brand? I could do it somehow in PS but would like some input on it.
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Re: Softboxes for on camera flashes
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There is a commercially available set-up for that. I got mine at Mike's Camera in Colorado. I have also seen them at the Camera Trader in Colorado and B&H in New York.

They are kind of a pain to put on the first few times, but they do work. I am traveling and don't have mine handy to tell you the manufacturer.

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Re: Softboxes for on camera flashes
Old 09-23-2005, 10:29 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The basic problem with an on camera soft box is that is doesn't really give you very much softening power. The size of light source and how far it is from the mdoel is what gives you the softening effect. Most of the mini-softboxes that mount on a camera flash are so small, that unless you are about 1 foot from the model, they don't give that much of a softening effect. Usually its is better to bounce it off a wall or ceiling. You can also use a white or silver umbrella and bounce the flash into that.

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Re: Softboxes for on camera flashes
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I just bought a Lumiquest Big Bounce that I think works pretty well at softening and spreading flash when the ceiling or wall doesn't work for several reasons.

I'm using it on my second flash unit. I don't have studio lighting and I'm pretty new to portraiture.
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