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Choice of flash for senior session downtown

 
digitalduck
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Sep 09, 2017 18:32 |  #1

Hi guys.

I have an upcoming senior photo session Sat downtown and even though it's just another portrait session, I wanted your opinion of modifier choice.

I will be using my Xlopr600 with the attachment head and either a 48" octobox or a 26" bowens. I will actually be having the mother help me with the stand or mono pod so either modifier will work (if there is any wind)

I know Ill get larger softer light with my 48" octo, but give the type of photos, perhaps Ill still achieve desired results with either. Im going mainly for catchlights and enough fill for the occasional light& airy post look.

Thank you!!




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Sep 09, 2017 20:17 |  #2

Heya,

The 26" can work great if you get it within 24 inches of the subject, it will greatly control spill and whatever else is potentially near by that can be illuminated. The 48" does great at farther distance, but will also cover more things with light. Your call really.

Lately I've moved to smaller modifiers and shooting fill, where it doesn't matter how soft it is as much (not as critical at least).

Slightly harder light isn't always a bad thing.

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Sep 09, 2017 22:51 |  #3

When I started I used to use 24" Qbox with a speedlite. So both your options should work. Now a days I use 37" octa which is a replica of the Elinchrom 39" deep octa and it works quite nice for shooting single person shots. Sometimes I will also use a medium softbox. I also have XPLOR600 but recently added one AD200 which is lot less weight for applications where assistant will be holding a pole with a modifier.


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Sep 11, 2017 12:09 as a reply to bobbyz's post |  #4

Nice thing about that is ill be using the attachment so its more like a prophoto B2 in a sense. Even if i lose a stop of light, at full power its a minimal difference. So no addtl weight for the assistant, bag can go on the ground or around arm.




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Sep 11, 2017 15:00 |  #5

I always use my AD600 with an extension head. And I measured the power loss is 1/3 of a stop.


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Sep 11, 2017 15:32 |  #6

digitalduck wrote in post #18449402 (external link)
Even if i lose a stop of light, at full power its a minimal difference.

The minimal difference is, 50% of full power.


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