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What is your favorite key light modifier and why?

 
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Jul 12, 2014 12:23 |  #1

The title says it all. Please include the make, model, size and why you like it.


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Jul 12, 2014 15:41 |  #2

I use the right modifier for the situation I'm shooting in...

Most others are probably thinking the same..


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Jul 12, 2014 15:55 |  #3

There is just too many variables to name a favorite.

The one that is used the most?
The ceiling.

The one I like the look of the most?
A beauty dish, but beauty dishes are usually not the right modifier.

Favorite for price/portability?
A simple 2-in-1 umbrella.


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Jul 12, 2014 16:38 |  #4

I love the PLM's from PCB. Mainly because they offer big soft light for cheap. Obviously you use the right modifier for the job, but these are very handy.




  
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Jul 12, 2014 16:56 |  #5

gonzogolf wrote in post #17027442 (external link)
I love the PLM's from PCB. Mainly because they offer big soft light for cheap. Obviously you use the right modifier for the job, but these are very handy.

Interesting Gonzo. How do you position it, and how far from your subject? Also, which version of the plm? I always thought the plm was massive so you could back it up and light big groups. I never really considered it for individual portraits.

The reason I ask is because I just sold my elinchrom ranger kit and have switched to PCB. (1) WL X3200 and (2) AB1600. I will be buying (2) large foldable strip boxes for the bees but am contemplating what modifier would be nice and versatile for a key light. Initially I wanted to pounce on the 47" octabox because I've used one and loved it, but it is quite large. The one I had wasn't foldable. It took some work to setup and break down. Perhaps I should still consider it? Anyone have any of PCB's foldable boxes? I'd like to know how quick and easy they are to setup and break down. I've also considered a deep octa or perhaps just a plain jane large rectangular soft box to keep costs down. As it stands, I own a 22" Mola with the opal diffuser, grid and sock as well as a 45" + 60" convertible umbrella.


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Jul 12, 2014 17:05 |  #6

Aressem wrote in post #17027458 (external link)
Interesting Gonzo. How do you position it, and how far from your subject? Also, which version of the plm? I always thought the plm was massive so you could back it up and light big groups. I never really considered it for individual portraits.

The reason I ask is because I just sold my elinchrom ranger kit and have switched to PCB. (1) WL X3200 and (2) AB1600. I will be buying (2) large foldable strip boxes for the bees but am contemplating what modifier would be nice and versatile for a key light. Initially I wanted to pounce on the 47" octabox because I've used one and loved it, but it is quite large. The one I had wasn't foldable. It took some work to setup and break down. Perhaps I should still consider it? Anyone have any of PCB's foldable boxes? I'd like to know how quick and easy they are to setup and break down. I've also considered a deep octa or perhaps just a plain jane large rectangular soft box to keep costs down. As it stands, I own a 22" Mola with the opal diffuser, grid and sock as well as a 45" + 60" convertible umbrella.

Thats the beauty of it, you can back it up and have a big field of soft light, or you can use it close for ultra soft. Here are two videos from Joel Grimes where he uses big modifiers. He uses westcott but its the same idea.


I have both the middle and large size and which I use really depends on the shoot and conditions. I have two of the folding softboxes, they go up pretty easily but if you use the grid it slows things down.
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Jul 12, 2014 18:47 |  #7

I have a WL X3200 as well. Here are different examples using different modifiers.

Using a 48'' Octo from Fotodiox

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Using a 28'' beauty dish from Fotodiox(yes,I like their products)
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Using a 60'' bounce white umbrella
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Using a 16'' gridded beauty dish(yep,fotodiox)
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Using a 45'' shoot through umbrella
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Jul 12, 2014 21:24 |  #8

Ryan, I have a couple of PCB foldable soft boxes. Tomorrow I am using two 60" foldable octoboxes from Amazon they are: "Fotodiox Pro Studio Solutions EZ-Pro 60" Octagon Softbox with Speedring for Alien Bees Strobe Flashlight B400/B800 (Black)" They are a fair bit less expensive.
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Jul 12, 2014 21:37 |  #9

Big fan of Fotodiox pro solution octas have every size. Super fast to setup and tear down with just one click.

But my fav is my doughboy or the Maxilite

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Jul 13, 2014 00:17 |  #10

Profoto MultiSpot. This is a small Dedolight reengineered with a flash tube and 300W modelling light. With its frosted frensel, the light is quite hard and has a beautifully smooth shadow transfer. It can be softened lightly with a china silk.


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Jul 13, 2014 09:58 |  #11

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Big fan of Fotodiox pro solution octas have every size. Super fast to setup and tear down with just one click.

But my fav is my doughboy or the Maxilite

Great work as always whoty

Doughboy? 😳


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Jul 13, 2014 10:59 |  #12

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Doughboy? 😳

18" x 11"


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Jul 13, 2014 15:23 |  #13

For full length stuff I really enjoy using a 120 Octabox, but take off the outer baffle just leaving the inner baffle... I like how contrasty and hard it makes the light look, but with soft edges...


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Jul 13, 2014 17:43 as a reply to  @ Rushmore's post |  #14

Mine is Elinchrom Octa Midi.

Lightweight, easy to setup, beautiful light quality with my Profoto Monolights.




  
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Jul 14, 2014 22:29 |  #15

I used the folio 60" foldable w/ grids yesterday. The worked out really well. Set up is a snap. However, the grids are something to be careful about. One of them was torn up trying to take it off. (and I thought I was being careful).


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