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What would work best for Glamour/Fashion with softboxes
Old 01-11-2007, 09:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I currently use white-lightning X3200 & X1600 series total I own have and have… I typically use a 3 to 1 ratio...sometimes even 4 to 1 ... since I like shadows.

I use 5 and 7 footer Octagonal softboxes for main and fill other photographer recommend HalfDome for main and stripDome for fill what is the difference between the Strip and the halfDome they are the same right?

What brand would be a good brand for the money and what would be a good size S/M/L for the softboxes. I know that I use a halfdome small for hair light that works but I’m trying to figure out the Main and Fill light.

Could anybody share their experience or provide any good feedback that would help me make the decision on purchasing this items. I’m mainly focus in glamour / Fashion

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Re: What would work best for Glamour/Fashion with softboxes
Old 01-13-2007, 01:39 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The half-dome is what Photoflex calls their strip box, so yes they are the same thing. Without knowing the context in which your conversation with the other photographer took place, it's difficult to offer advice. What look are you trying to achieve that you can't produce now with the modifiers you have?

Chimera makes excellent strip boxes in 3 sizes (and 2 different product lines), up to 84" x 21". They're pricey, but you get what you pay for. Photoflex's half-domes are great value for the money. If you don't need anything larger than 55" x 24" then you may want to look at those. I think Westcott also makes a couple of strip boxes, but I don't know anything about them.

I use strip boxes to produce a narrow column of light. You can illuminate your subject and keep light out of areas you don't want it to go (like onto the background for instance). On the one hand, you have more control over the light than you do with an octo-box or 4:3 ratio softbox. But on the other hand, you have to pay attention to the model and make sure he or she (or they), don't pose themselves out of the area of illumination. Strip boxes are often used for rim-lighting, filling in shadows, and as a hair light.

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"Best" is relative... what works for me, may not be your cup of tea at all...

Here's what I use, mostly... 30X40" softbox with internal difuser. A 40X70" inch silver or silver/gold mix reflector. A second light, sometimes with gels, to light the seamless background. Very rarely, a small potato masher with slave trigger as a hair light.

I would't try full length shots with anything smaller than a 30X40" box, there is about a 1 stop falloff on the feet with the top third of the softbox above the models head with it angled down.

If you are in a stable environment, my opinion is that a softbox is a softbox is a...

It's when you go on the road with the rig that the softbox construction will make or break you. Taking an hour to put it together gets old in a hurry! And a broken support rod can be a real pain in the ass.

I use the Alien Bees box, but I don't take it anywhere these days. Looking to pick up their bigger one (30X60) but then I'm cheap.. er... cost conscious.
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