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Hair light... snoot or gridded softbox

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Dec 05, 2017 15:10 |  #1

picked up a low cost stand and boom...

want to try and incorporate hair lights into my shooting...

do you usually snoot your strobe or speedlite or shoot into a gridded softbox?

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Post edited 3 months ago by Left Handed Brisket. (3 edits in all)
Dec 05, 2017 16:16 |  #2


speedlight/snoot is obviously hard light and makes a smallish highlight. With just one person it can be well controlled and not bleed into other parts where it would be unwanted, with more people this gets progressively harder.

I also keep in mind how much wrap i want around the head so a larger source would be better.

have to consider the background as well. so yeah, both, but probably more often with a small gridded softbox

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Dec 05, 2017 17:15 |  #3

Weight becomes a consideration too - assuming that there will be times when you require the maximum offset from the stand.

A Speedlite with a built-in Rx is handy. The lightest weight small softbox I've come across is Roundflash's 'Flash Dish'. It's easy to clip on 2 or more 2mm black Corex Barn doors with a small Bulldog clip each to the rim.

Just one option.

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Dec 05, 2017 17:21 |  #4

A flash head with standard reflector and grid is ideal. A soft box with grid spreads light much more and weighs more as well. (external link) (external link)

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Dec 05, 2017 23:56 |  #5

I use a strip box, a softbox can also work. Gives you more room and also handles more than one subject. Gridded hot shoe flash weights less but how do you point at someone head? I rather use modeling lights of strobe in cases like these, makes it easier IMHO.

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Post edited 3 months ago by ThreeHounds. (2 edits in all)
Dec 06, 2017 20:35 as a reply to  @ bobbyz's post |  #6

If I'm doing a true hairlight, just high lighting the hair only, I usually use my AD600 extension head with a standard 7 or 8" reflector with a grid on a boom arm.
If I'm doing a rim light, it's usually a 15x55 strip box with a grid on one of my monolights.

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Dec 10, 2017 13:11 |  #7

FYI... Buying a low cost stand and boom generally means you need to invest in a stronger, safer, heavier and more costly stand and boom...

You can find a better used one than a new cheap one.

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