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Old 03-09-2011, 09:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I debated a long time on which size to go with.... portability, softness etc.
I decided to go with a strobist softbox since I only own a few hotshoe flash guns...
I decided this would be a good compromise http://www.cheetahstand.com/servlet/...Qbox-24/Detail

does anyone have any tips etc on indoor and outdoor uses for this softbox?
(hasn't arrived yet)

also have on order a radio trigger
http://www.phottix.com/en/phottix-te...receivers.html
I also have a 46 inch umbrella with a40 watt flash bulb that plugs into 120volt (only for indoors as a radio slave can't hook to it)
I have a pentax k10, sigma dg500 super flash, vivitar 550 flash, just picked up a vivitar 200 for 2 dollars.
will be photographing mostly my kids who are from 13 to 18

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Re: looking for portable softbox techniques
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Do you have a flash meter to help in setting your ratios?
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Re: looking for portable softbox techniques
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Do you have a flash meter to help in setting your ratios?
yes I have a shepard-polaris I just bought from ebay for 75 dollars, seems to be very accurate but haven't had much chance to use it. I have a pc to mini pin sync coming for it so I can control the flash meter to trigger my camera (which triggers the flashes)

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If your unfamiliar with off camera lighting, i would start with one light and play around with placement until you get a feel for what is happening. With no modeling lights to see where the light is hitting you pretty much have to go on trial and error. I bet you'll have a higher success rate by starting with one light. After you know what that light is giving you start adding a little fill with a second light.
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