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Comparison: eBay inflatable softbox vs DIY softbox

 
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Sep 10, 2010 12:37 |  #1

I finally had a day off, so I decided to do this:

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This is a shootout between the practically free softbox I just made from cardboard, tin foil and what we call "food paper" in Norway. (Don't know what it is in English...) And my eBay inflatable $10 softbox. Actually, I have added an extra layer of the same diffusing material used on my own DIY softbox into the eBay one, because it was almost completely useless without it.

Anyways! Take a look at these pictures, and be amazed. DISCLAIMER: I am not very stupid. I know that my softbox is quite a lot larger, but I'd say the difference is still astounding.

The flash is held about 40cm away from the flower in all shots. I had to do some correction of the exposure in Camera Raw, because I decided not to change any exposures while shooting.

Light loss is as following:
eBay softbox looses about 2 stops of light. Probably way less without my extra diffusion modification.
My DIY softbox loses about 0,5 stops of light.

First without any flash modifier. Notice the harsh and ugly shadows and light.

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Then the eBay inflatable one! Notice that it's better, but still not really great.

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Then, behold, the DIY softbox. Notice how it demolishes all shadows.

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Got questions? Ask!

Hope you enjoyed this comparison.:)

(And yes, I need to clean my sensor...)



  
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Sep 10, 2010 12:54 |  #2

Size matters, as well as relative distance of light source.

A 0.5m source at 0.5m to subject will be similar in 'softness' of light as 1m source at 1m distance to subject.


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Sep 10, 2010 14:59 |  #3

Yes, I'm aware of that. But still, I think my softbox vastly outperforms the eBay one, despite it's bigger size. It also lost a lot less light.




  
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Sep 10, 2010 15:16 as a reply to  @ Dores's post |  #4

I'm sorry. I just have to laugh at an inflatable softbox. It might be a wonderful light modifier. I just find it very funny.


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Sep 10, 2010 15:21 |  #5

TMR Design wrote in post #10886322 (external link)
I'm sorry. I just have to laugh at an inflatable softbox. It might be a wonderful light modifier. It just find it very funny.

It's the only modifier that you can take with you when you go swimming!


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Sep 10, 2010 15:22 |  #6

Cathpah wrote in post #10886355 (external link)
It's the only modifier that you can take with you when you go swimming!

What do you do when it springs a leak?


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Sep 10, 2010 15:23 |  #7

The inflatable softbox definitely has the potential, but it's made out of material that doesn't reflect nor diffuse very well.

Deflated it's so small you can put it in your wallet.




  
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Sep 10, 2010 15:44 |  #8

Cathpah wrote in post #10886355 (external link)
It's the only modifier that you can take with you when you go swimming!

Yes, and when you get really bored, you can use it as a whoopie cushion.


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Sep 10, 2010 16:01 |  #9

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Yes, and when you get really bored, you can use it as a whoopie cushion.


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Sep 10, 2010 16:21 |  #10

TMR Design wrote in post #10886362 (external link)
What do you do when it springs a leak?

You sink. :(


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Sep 10, 2010 17:06 |  #11

TMR Design wrote in post #10886322 (external link)
I'm sorry. I just have to laugh at an inflatable softbox. It might be a wonderful light modifier. I just find it very funny.

Years ago (back in the 1990s) Photoflex offered one that was about 4x6" or so.


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Sep 10, 2010 17:07 |  #12

Just dont bring an inflatable assistant along on jobs where you use the inflatable softbox, people will talk...




  
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Sep 10, 2010 17:25 |  #13

Suddenly a scene from Airplane popped into my head......


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Sep 10, 2010 17:29 |  #14

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Suddenly a scene from Airplane popped into my head......

and don't call me Shirley. :lol:



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Sep 12, 2010 06:32 |  #15

Good Job. Thanks for the info


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