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Jan 13, 2014 18:19 |  #16

They work great for smaller foam core and cardboard flags, reflectors etc. when shooting on a table top setup. Lead base provides firm footing. Only risk is sticking your hand with the prongs. :-)


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Jan 13, 2014 18:38 |  #17

dmward wrote in post #16603014 (external link)
They work great for smaller foam core and cardboard flags, reflectors etc. when shooting on a table top setup. Lead base provides firm footing. Only risk is sticking your hand with the prongs. :-)

Been there, done that as well. Basically, don't bother trying it for yourself. Less painful than the spikes Manfrotto make for holding foamcore though.
Here's something I cobbled together to place a card / foamcore reflector / flag exactly where I want it. Clamps onto table edges, light stands or even dining chairs.


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Jan 13, 2014 20:25 |  #18

a light box or what it's called is handy, I have one from cowboy studios, flips open to give you a large white fabric square with one side open. White and black foamcore from the office supply store, black plexiglass for a shiny surface (or clear with black paper underneath) and I use LED tabletop lamps with bendable necks for lights more often than my flashes. White papertowels or baby socks to soften the light even more, bounce off foam core etc. I got some foam core that's made for presentations, precut in a 1/4, 1/2, 1/4 thing so you fold it open and it stands. Black foam core as flags or alternate black background. Easy to setup, all folds down to flat storage.

Also use natural light, set up close to a window that gets indirect light.

ETA: what I have might be called a tabletop studio, basically 4 sides that spring open like a car sunshade, front is open. Also comes with different color backdrops and a front with just a slit to stick your lens through, though I never found a need for that part.


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Jan 14, 2014 12:45 |  #19

David: What modifier is that in your BTS image? I've seen it somewhere before (I think) but can't place it.

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Jan 14, 2014 13:18 |  #20

tetrode wrote in post #16605056 (external link)
David: What modifier is that in your BTS image? I've seen it somewhere before (I think) but can't place it.

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Jan 14, 2014 13:22 as a reply to  @ dmward's post |  #21

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Jan 14, 2014 15:36 |  #22

tetrode wrote in post #16605056 (external link)
David: What modifier is that in your BTS image? I've seen it somewhere before (I think) but can't place it.

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We do have furry critters in the backyard but they're coyotes not gorillas. :-)

As for the modifier, its the new F Stoppers Flash Disc. Rand was nice enough to send me one of his to test.

And they're dry roasted peanuts rather than cashews.


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Jan 14, 2014 15:44 |  #23

dmward wrote in post #16605483 (external link)
We do have furry critters in the backyard but they're coyotes not gorillas. :-)

As for the modifier, its the new F Stoppers Flash Disc. Rand was nice enough to send me one of his to test.

And they're dry roasted peanuts rather than cashews.

Thanks, David. I thought it was the F Stoppers doodad but couldn't find it on their site. Whadya think? Any good?

And, I'm disappointed. I always had you pegged as a cashews man. Filberts at least.




  
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Jan 14, 2014 15:53 |  #24

tetrode wrote in post #16605511 (external link)
Thanks, David. I thought it was the F Stoppers doodad but couldn't find it on their site. Whadya think? Any good?

I like it. Quick and easy to get onto the speedlite. Offers a reasonable amount of softness. Size still matters. :-)

If I had been them, I'd have made it 50% larger in diameter. Wouldn't have changed much relative to ease of use etc. and been just that much bigger for softness.

Its not on their site because they sold out the first production run quickly. Rand was one of the lucky group. They claim more are coming, just not sure when.

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And, I'm disappointed. I always had you pegged as a cashews man. Filberts at least.

Cashews are my favorites but for some reason I tend to get the dry roasted peanuts. Must be the desire to keep all the big money for photo gadgets. :-)


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Jan 14, 2014 16:00 |  #25

I don't mean to hijack the thread BUT, what holds that Flash Disc on the flash head? The F/Stoppers video doesn't say.

And, I knew I was right! You are a cashews man.




  
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Jan 14, 2014 16:09 |  #26

Get a Lazy Susan, for buttery smooth rotational view at all angles.




  
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Jan 14, 2014 16:11 |  #27

emvy wrote in post #16605589 (external link)
Get a Lazy Susan, for buttery smooth rotational view at all angles.

And easier access to the dry-roasted peanuts.




  
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Jan 14, 2014 21:45 |  #28

tetrode wrote in post #16605560 (external link)
I don't mean to hijack the thread BUT, what holds that Flash Disc on the flash head? The F/Stoppers video doesn't say.

And, I knew I was right! You are a cashews man.

The flash disc is held on the flash head by a piece of elatic that is about 4 inches wide.
It is sown to the back (reflective) panel and is snug but not excessively so. They were also thoughtful enough to put a tab on to help pull it over the flash head.


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Jan 14, 2014 21:49 as a reply to  @ dmward's post |  #29

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Jan 14, 2014 22:10 |  #30

dmward wrote in post #16606434 (external link)
The flash disc is held on the flash head by a piece of elatic that is about 4 inches wide.
It is sown to the back (reflective) panel and is snug but not excessively so. They were also thoughtful enough to put a tab on to help pull it over the flash head.

That's what I suspected. The added tab suggests the thing was designed by a photographer/user rather than by an engineer. Thanks for the info, David.




  
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