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Nov 21, 2010 21:57 as a reply to  @ post 11324437 |  #151

I've never found the Softlighter to be fragile at all, and I don't exactly baby mine.


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Nov 21, 2010 22:04 |  #152

No, I don't think it's fragile at all either.


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Nov 21, 2010 22:04 |  #153

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I've never found the Softlighter to be fragile at all, and I don't exactly baby mine.

Mine blew over in the wind outside and bent in two of the inner rods. I bent em back into place and it still works so far.




  
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Nov 21, 2010 22:09 |  #154

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Mine blew over in the wind outside and bent in two of the inner rods. I bent em back into place and it still works so far.

Well, that's a different story. Any umbrella that tumbles to the ground is more than likely to have some damage but I've never found the modifier to be fragile.


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Nov 21, 2010 22:11 |  #155

Mine have done well after a couple of years of light location work.


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Nov 21, 2010 23:39 |  #156

Ryan,
I think that's right.
I have two Softliters, several V1 PLMs, silver and white, and now several V2 PLMs silver and white.
Along with a collection of Octaboxes, softboxes etc. Also, a Moon Unit for an ABR800.
I think its time to do some comparison shooting. Unfortunately, I can't find an attractive model willing to spend the day while I do the shooting so it will have to be a mannequin.

Or, we could meet at a friend's studio just over the border into Indiana and spend a day testing all the various modifiers. You seem to have a ready supply of attractive test subjects. :-)


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Nov 22, 2010 00:08 |  #157

dmward wrote in post #11324850 (external link)
Ryan,
I think that's right.
I have two Softliters, several V1 PLMs, silver and white, and now several V2 PLMs silver and white.
Along with a collection of Octaboxes, softboxes etc. Also, a Moon Unit for an ABR800.
I think its time to do some comparison shooting. Unfortunately, I can't find an attractive model willing to spend the day while I do the shooting so it will have to be a mannequin.

Or, we could meet at a friend's studio just over the border into Indiana and spend a day testing all the various modifiers. You seem to have a ready supply of attractive test subjects. :-)

hah. The lack of studio would be our problem over here.

The SL2 and PLM are very similar and I think it's hard to nitpick each modifier from the other. Which is the main reason i bought the SL2 to replace my broken PLM. It's the closest you can get to that type of light. An octabox, softbox, and beauty dish will all be different in their output. Some more contrasty, some with the shadows wrapping better, and etc. It also depends on your subject and how their skin is too.

I've only used the SL2 on 3 or 4 shoots and it's pretty close to the PLM light. Big and soft spotlight. You'll get more output and throw from the PLM though. That's probably the main difference between them. Once thing I notice about both is that feathering the modifiers seems to create the best light. It creates wonderfully wrapped shadows and soft light on the subject.


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Nov 22, 2010 13:07 as a reply to  @ rohicks's post |  #158

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Nov 22, 2010 13:09 |  #159

Love it, Ryan.


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Nov 22, 2010 13:11 |  #160

Yep.


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Nov 22, 2010 13:20 |  #161

Ryan, I've been looking at your work lately and man, how much you have improved! They're simple and yet powerful. You are now my second sensei next to your buddy, Pham. I guess a very good model helps, too.


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Nov 22, 2010 13:27 |  #162

Seanzky wrote in post #11327345 (external link)
Love it, Ryan.

Thanks.
It helps that Aurielle is so beautiful to start with.


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Nov 22, 2010 13:28 |  #163

rohicks wrote in post #11327462 (external link)
Thanks.
It helps that Aurielle is so beautiful to start with.

Yes and no. I'm pretty sure if I took the photograph, I would have managed to ruin it. :lol:


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Nov 22, 2010 13:28 |  #164

bulayog wrote in post #11327416 (external link)
Ryan, I've been looking at your work lately and man, how much you have improved! They're simple and yet powerful. You are now my second sensei next to your buddy, Pham. I guess a very good model helps, too.

haha yes see post above ^.
Thanks a lot. I try to improve on every shoot, but not always possible with certain subjects in what they request or require. But personal work allows me to do things that I wish.

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Yes and no. I'm pretty sure if I took the photograph, I would have managed to ruin it. :lol:

agh now i doubt it.
All i did was get her dad to hold a fan and blow her hair.
Mimicked a pose for her and positioned a light.


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rohicks wrote in post #11324941 (external link)
Some more contrasty, some with the shadows wrapping better, and etc.

Shadows don't wrap, light does.


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