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Is Cheetah 24" softbox big enough?

 
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Jan 23, 2012 11:38 |  #1

Im tyring to set up little home studio, mainly take family and friends about 2~3 people in group.

I have 2 580ex flashes and tyring to get 2 softboxes stands.

I may not use it outside of home, just inside of home only.

Anyway, I have searched and Cheetah Qbox 24" has very good review and

the price is ok.

My question is that is 24" big enough to cover full body shot?

2 of 580ex on each side, left and right with 24" Qbox on it.

or do I go bigger size?

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Jan 23, 2012 12:20 |  #2

From what I know, no. The 24 inch is usually said to be good for maybe up to 3/4 portraits. When you move the softbox far enough away for full body portraits, you start losing the quality of light the softbox creates.I have a cheap 32"x45" (?) softbox that I use with alienbees and I still think I might want to go larger. Now I've seen some great full body portraits taken with smaller light modifiers so don't let that limit you.


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Jan 23, 2012 17:07 |  #3

I have one, and Ive shot full body with it, but there is certainly fall off. It will work, but you may want to go bigger. I just added an Apollo orb, which is certainly big enough


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Jan 23, 2012 17:09 |  #4

pcj wrote in post #13755734 (external link)
I have one, and Ive shot full body with it, but there is certainly fall off. It will work, but you may want to go bigger. I just added an Apollo orb, which is certainly big enough


Are you using 36" or 43"?

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Jan 23, 2012 17:18 |  #5

A single 24 is a little small but a pair of them stacked vertically works very well IMO.


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Jan 23, 2012 17:23 |  #6

Indoors why yot use umbrellas unless you really trying to control spill. For family/groups, umbrellas might be better.


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Jan 23, 2012 17:39 |  #7

For individuals or small gouts in a home studio a shoot through umbrella make a lot more sense than a small soft box. Especially if you are using it with a speedlite.

24" softbox, if you are using it as intended, should be within 24-36 inches of the subject which should be smaller than the 24" size of the soft box.

The fact that light will get to the subject from the soft box if its back far enough is irrelevant. Its what the light does when it hits the subject(s).


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Jan 23, 2012 17:48 |  #8

IMO if you are using 2 speedlights to light a full body subject, Cheetah key light is fine; just pull it back far enough to get even lighting on the top 2/3 body along with your other either filling in the shadows or rim lighting.

I don't think there are rules to say that a 24" softbox is "intended" to be 2-3ft from any subject. Bringing it further back will give you a different and more directional light.




  
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Jan 23, 2012 19:45 |  #9

btw, I found one used Qbox 24", but the seller told me that he lost removeable round mask.

Do I really need the round mask? or it's just optional stuff? since he offers me great price,

if that is just optional, really don't need it, I might grap his offer.


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Jan 23, 2012 19:55 |  #10

hkim1389 wrote in post #13756682 (external link)
btw, I found one used Qbox 24", but the seller told me that he lost removeable round mask.

Do I really need the round mask? or it's just optional stuff? since he offers me great price,

if that is just optional, really don't need it, I might grap his offer.

The removable round mask provides a circular catch light. Without that, you'll have a square catch light. It'll only be seen in tight close up of the face/eyes.


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Jan 23, 2012 20:03 |  #11

grab it. make you're own if you think you want it.


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Jan 23, 2012 20:56 |  #12

Thanks people! Just bought used one.

Now it's time to search for light stand. :smile:


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Jan 24, 2012 05:24 |  #13

hkim1389 wrote in post #13757093 (external link)
Thanks people! Just bought used one.

Now it's time to search for light stand. :smile:


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Jan 24, 2012 07:55 |  #14



http://www.amazon.com …1?ie=UTF8&m=ASV​CIQHJ3IEV7 (external link)


how about this? it's little more than that, but many people have told all about the

good thing about this stand.


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Jan 24, 2012 08:02 |  #15

hkim1389 wrote in post #13759088 (external link)
http://www.amazon.com …1?ie=UTF8&m=ASV​CIQHJ3IEV7 (external link)


how about this? it's little more than that, but many people have told all about the

good thing about this stand.

I don't have the Impact stands. I do have the PBL stands and they work great!


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