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new light mod toy's? choices choices...???
Old 02-10-2009, 03:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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i'm itching to get a new toy!
i've got 2 AB 800's and the new AB ring flash, a silver umbrella and a medium sized soft box.

the majority of my shoots are glamor...funny right...

any way i cant decide if i should get at
47" Octaboxe, (FOB47)- its definitely something i've wanted for a while but i wonder if other tools would be better. and also i go to my shots in my car... a big car... dodge charger... but still not big enough to travel with that thing all set up and i imagine the set up and break down could take a while and take the fun out of using such a cool tool.

the other thing i was thinking was to get a 22-inch Pan Reflector does it do the same thing?

or maybe a large umbrella?

any feed back would be terrific

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Re: new light mod toy's? choices choices...???
Old 02-10-2009, 04:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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if you can afford them, get the octobox with the grid and the beauty dish, you wont need the sock as it pretty much turns the beauty dish into a small soft box..
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Re: new light mod toy's? choices choices...???
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lol i like how u think getting both would be fantastic, i think I'm leaning towards the octobox... why do u recommend the grid? I'm not to familiar on there benefits.
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Re: new light mod toy's? choices choices...???
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Grid=light control..keeps the box from spilling light expect where its pointed....
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You can always make a beauty dish!!
There were several threads on here about how to do it. but I'll be damned if I can find them....
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I would go for the foldable octobox. 30 second setup/breakdown (if that). Definitely get the grid.
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We have a big octabox at the studio and it is something of a pain to set up and break down, which is why I rarely use it. Plus I don't really need that big of a source most of the time.

But another thing you could do is use it as a background.

Something like this image. Tabitha is in front of a 4x6 softbox and between to pieces of white foamcore. Box in back, foamcore left and right with camera at the point of the triangle. (Does that make sense?)


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Re: new light mod toy's? choices choices...???
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I would go for the foldable octobox. 30 second setup/breakdown (if that). Definitely get the grid.
yeah i was reading about the box it does look easy to set up and break down i think that's going to be the way for me to go, and using it as a back ground i never thought of that but the ideas come when u have the tool in hand as we all know...

any one else have shots they've done using there big octobox?
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I decided the best way for me was to get a couple of flat panel reflectors (silver/gold) and have someone stitch two rip-stop nylon diffusors. These things are 7' x 3-1/2' and very light and small when folded. It didn't cost much to get the diffusion panels made and that way I have a lot of versatility.

But honestly, I often use the method described above with foam core boards in a triangle. It will also work with diffusion panels as long as you have enough light to lose.

Go for any light source that is large and inexpensive and you just can't go wrong.
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any one else have shots they've done using there big octobox?
46" octo main plus background lights

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