I am interested in input from those who are experienced about whether or not different light sources can change the perceived "quality" of the light in the final photograph. I put it in quotes because I'm not referring to whether or not the light is soft vs. hard. I am referring to whether one light when modified and set up the same exact way as another light, can look "prettier" or "higher quality". Very hard to define what that means but maybe it exists? Maybe not?
Like a $20 home depot hotlight vs. a $1200 Profoto D1 in studio portraits...both modified the same exact way with a regular 3x4' softbox will one of the pictures subliminally appear more beautiful than the other? If so, would it even be noticeable?
Odd topic, but if anyone has input/proof would really appreciate it. I think the answer is no, but different lights can have different uses/flexibility but the way they fall on the subject and reflect is all the same once put into a softbox. Thoughts?