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Your light source pecking order.
Old 10-25-2006, 08:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello, New member here. I'm not new to photography, but it has been a while since I shot anything, and I didn't have any strobes to speak of back then. I have the use of a large soft box (3' x 5' approx) and a smaller (20" x 30" maybe) sb. I really like the light off a reflector and I'm considering a beauty dish of some brand (Mola demmi or Speedotron 22")

From what I have been able to gather, a large sb, a large octobox, and a large dish seem to be the order of choice for full body shots. I don't believe a 22" dish would be considered large, but a lot of shooters use this size for half and head shots it seems.

I'm probably going to get a 22-24" dish of somekind, but was curious to know what you all thought of the three different type of large light sources that I mentioned, and where one might be more suitable than another.

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Re: Your light source pecking order.
Old 10-26-2006, 01:44 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi,
If you want soft wrap arround light use large sources and more importantly place them close to your model, a lot of photographers use smaller softboxes and place them away from the model, this will make your soft light source hard.

If you want more reach and don't have the money for large softboxes you can use translucent screens (of example the 5:1 reflectors) and use a standard strobe behind it, place the screen close to the model.

I don't advocate the use of umbrellas because of spill light but they are also an option of course.

Beauty dishes are GREAT for beauty and fill in flash.
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