TMR Design wrote in post #15988538
1/2, 3/4 and full body shots are no problem at all with the Qbox30. I'll add some more samples in the next week or so to demonstrate. The first image in my review is more than just a head shot.
You can light any shot with any size light source. The difference is in the quality of light you get and at what distance the lightbox has to be from the subject to achieve a similar quality of light.
A 30" softbox gives you greater flexibility in terms of creating the same soft light at greater distances with a larger central area before falloff occurs.
For many that already own a Qbox24 there may be no need or desire to also own a Qbox30. If you don't already own a Qbox then the 30" version may make more sense. That all depends on what you light and your preferred style of lighting.
Nice to see you back, Rob. It’s also nice to see your review of the 30” Qbox. It looks like it will be a very convenient softbox, especially for people who are looking for something that can be assembled quickly and then packed away just as fast.
Is there a reason why you tend to describe the light output in your reviews and modifier comparisons with the word “quality”? Would “character” be a better choice? Light is merely one particular manifestation of energy. Certainly, the characteristics of light can be modified in a repeatable, controlled fashion, and the resultant “character” of the light can be used to one’s advantage in creating different images. A fundamental understanding of how the “character” of light can be changed and what affect such lighting characteristics may have on different types of objects is an important stage in improving one’s photographic skills. But the characteristics of light are neither good, nor bad. They are simply physical properties, and the person using the light must evaluate the aspects of such light in the context of what he/she is trying to achieve.
While the character of light produced by a particular lighting assembly at a fixed location will remain unchanged, the user must evaluate whether such lighting characteristics achieve the desired artistic effects. Swap out a female model (typical portrait) with a bonze sun-dial (typical product shot), and it becomes obvious why the exact same lighting characteristics may be considered “good” in one case, yet “bad” in another. Since it would be rather bold to presume that we know what somebody else is thinking, it may be safer to leave evaluative judgments regarding the “quality” of light to the consumer, and instead rely on strictly objective & neutral descriptions of the character of the light. Just my $ 0.02.
The 30" Qbox does seem intriguing since I really try to use my speedlites and leave the BXRis at home if at all possible. I find using a portable kit quite flexible, and a medium sized Qbox seams to fit the bill. Thanks again for the review.