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Old 04-21-2009, 03:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am looking to use softboxes for full body, half and head shots. I currently have Portalite 25x25" softboxes (two)

Pleae adivse me with the same.
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Re: Softboxes for Full body glamour
Old 04-21-2009, 04:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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That should be big enough. So I would say go ahead and use them and post the results here.
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Re: Softboxes for Full body glamour
Old 04-21-2009, 05:56 PM   #3 (permalink)
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ok... in my opinion its about the quality of light you seek. I say use your 25x25 for closeups, and headshots and even (some) 3/4 body. for full body I'd go 47" or larger cause you wanna cover a majority of your subjects body size with the light source. Then again the closer the light the softer and larger an area it will appear to cover. as for full body my 47" octa and 31"x47" rectangle work more than just fine for soft body filling light. By the way, my octa and rectangle ebay jobs cost me $60 each
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Old 04-22-2009, 01:22 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Harper, thanx I will try using them.

Destrianlives, Can you please link me to one on ebay? Can I use them on elinchrom strobes
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Re: Softboxes for Full body glamour
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Have you tried using your two stacked in an "under-and-over" arrangement, to get 25x50 in?
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Re: Softboxes for Full body glamour
Old 04-22-2009, 12:20 PM   #6 (permalink)
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jford, could not understand what you mean. Can you please elaborate?
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Re: Softboxes for Full body glamour
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The box is the Pressure fitting universal mount. Its a collar with 4 screws with rubber tips that screw to pressure fit your flash. It works if your flash head is large enough but not too small. measure yoru flashes face diameter. If I were you... look for one with a grid or look for the grid solo, it'll do you some good when you wanna highlight just the subject and minimize the light spill onto the background. Here its only $70 give or take a buck or two on tax or whatever.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Octagon-Soft-Box...3%3A1|294%3A30
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Old 04-23-2009, 07:12 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Thanx..! Even I was looking the same yesterday. But I was not sure about its fitment. I hope that would fit. By the way, should I post a photo of the elinchrom head, so you get an idea that whether it will fit or not?
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I think you will find if you use both boxes at the same time with one over the other you should be able to cover closeups and full length without too much difficulty.

I believe what JFord was talking about is the same thing. Set the boxes up like this:

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Where one box is right over top of the other. You now basically have a soft box that is 25x50.
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Assuming you have two monolights or two heads, since you have two boxes, then arranging both boxes, with a head in each, such that one is immediately about the other gives you a rectangular light about 50 " high and 25" wide. If the two heads are fired from the same power pack, no problem. If two monolights, then one will slave to the other, and again no problem as long as your shutter speed isn't too fast.

I believe this is what Dman65 was saying as well.

Even if your boxes have black borders such that they can't be stacked exactly "white-to-white", it'll still work as a large light surface.

I would think using your two softboxes as one bigger box, and say an umbrella as fill and perhaps a snood or grid for hair ought to give you something for full figure work.
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