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RDKirk
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Oct 30, 2017 21:17 |  #16

Ltdave wrote in post #18482336 (external link)
ive not got a lot of money (or need at this point) for studio strobes but i DO HAVE half dozen speedlites...

i also have a pair of 33" shoot through, a pair of 33" reflector and a 40-45" shoot through umbrellas...

to do a proper 3 light set up using a 3:1 key:fill set up with a background light, i think i probably need another 40-45" umbrella, yes? should i abandon the idea of shoot through and go with reflectors for better control of the light?

i have this notion in my head that i might actually shoot some full-length "models" one day and id rather have the right stuff on hand than not...

I do use big umbrellas.

I have a couple of Buff 86-inch shoot-through PLMs that I use a heckava lot. I frequently use one on location right behind the camera as my portable fill bounce wall. I'll use two of them side-by-side to light a group.

I have two 84-inch super silver Buff PLMs that I don't use as often, but they are uniquely valuable when I want a shaft of sparkly light that's as broad as two or three people.

My primary go-to main light, though, is a Westcott 50-inch Apollo JS umbrella-style square softbox.




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bobbyz
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Nov 05, 2017 09:03 |  #17

I need to pick 50" Apollo. I like that deep lip on it. Regarding V-flats, getting 1/2" foamcore is hard as I am finding out. And still harder if you want black on one side and white on other. Most art shops around here have 1/4". I had to order two packages of 25 each white and black 4x8 sheets. Shipping alone was above $100. I know I can go some signage shops and they may have some but I need a van to carry them.

Making V-flats was also little harder than what youtube makes it out to be. This seemed like ideal way but was quite hard for hinges in the middle of the sheets as I don't have arms that long:)

https://www.youtube.co​m/watch?v=s0UJqhtXHrk (external link)

One issue was these cheaper gaffers tapes that I see now a days. Not as good as before. These were sticking more than they should.


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bobbyz
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Nov 05, 2017 09:10 |  #18

RDKirk wrote in post #18485071 (external link)
I still have a bunch of old square Reflectasols that I still use quite a bit.

Question - I have one 4x6 reflactasol. How do you hold it on the C-stand. I have some metal part but don't know where it fits. Right now the reflactasol has that leg in the back so it can stand by itself. I will try to take a picture and post it. I had it in my garage and wife was complaining so I donated it to my work studio.


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