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What's the best bang for the buck entry level flash modifier for a speedlight?

 
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Dec 04, 2017 12:34 |  #16

MalVeauX wrote in post #18510318 (external link)
I will 2nd this one.

The problem with umbrellas is that if they're shoot through, a speedlite cannot fill a large umbrella, so reflective surface umbrellas can give you more bang for your light when limited to a speedlite. Having a reflective umbrella with silver just makes it even more efficient to make the most from the low power speedlite and spread it more evenly on a larger modifier where speedlites have trouble spreading out. Adding the diffuser panel makes it a softbox but it's still a fairly efficient softbox for its size relative to a speedlite's output. And taking the diffuser off, one can get different output too. Very versatile and it controls spill. For a one-modifier-approach, the brolly box for a speedlite is easily one of the better tools for a general approach,and at $30, it's crazy good for the money.

I have these in several sizes. They're great.

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Dec 04, 2017 12:34 |  #17

K Soze wrote in post #18510332 (external link)
Most bang for the buck? A white wall. White cardboard or foam core. I have 6 studio lights and quite a few different styles of modifiers, but I am amazed how well a single speed light and some white surfaces work when I need them.

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i made some great bounce cards out of some white art board and velcro straps!


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Dec 04, 2017 21:26 |  #18

K Soze wrote in post #18510332 (external link)
Most bang for the buck? A white wall. White cardboard or foam core. I have 6 studio lights and quite a few different styles of modifiers, but I am amazed how well a single speed light and some white surfaces work when I need them.

I'm in your camp: my studio has packs, strobes, support and reflectors aplenty. At home, I have to make do with common household items. :) Off-camera Speedlight sitting on a box, white cardbox from a frozen pizza taped to a floor lamp: doesn't get any cheaper than free!

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Dec 04, 2017 21:34 |  #19

LOL... you guys kill me. Thanks for the pizza cardboard and bounce suggestions buuuuuuuuuut I think I'll go with the 120cm octa for a whopping $29 ;)

To all who posted, thanks! Any other great suggestions, please, share away!


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Dec 05, 2017 11:30 |  #20

I think you will really like that octabox, I've used mine several times, and love how even the light is from it.

Be sure to pick up an S-type bracket for it... sooo much better than holding onto the flash foot.

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Dec 05, 2017 17:31 |  #21

ksbal wrote in post #18511199 (external link)
I think you will really like that octabox, I've used mine several times, and love how even the light is from it.

Be sure to pick up an S-type bracket for it... sooo much better than holding onto the flash foot.

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Dec 05, 2017 17:43 |  #22

Here's a real world example of the $30 47" Brolly in use:

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I used ND filters to drop ambient so that I could be in synch speed (on purpose to show you don't need fancy stuff to make it work). I find it's plenty soft.

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Dec 06, 2017 01:06 |  #23

Westscott Rapid Box Octa!


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Dec 06, 2017 10:09 |  #24

Hahaha. How entry level and "best bang for the buck" are you talking about?

My first flash modifier for a speedlight - no joke - was a white post card with a rubber band. Cost = $0.10. Super portable and durable.

I have also had a friend wearing a white t shirt stand in front of the off camera flash, and have their T-shirt bounce light into the subject :-)




  
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Dec 11, 2017 22:20 |  #25

ksbal wrote in post #18510312 (external link)
It works well outside when you are in the shade. Or a cloudy day. This was with older speedlights, the godox/flashpoint Li-on speedlights recycle in 1 to 2 seconds.


2 speedlights, one bare camera left, one brolly camera right.

I have the same box it helped me produce this image. Westcott rapid box camera right and the brolley on the left, single speed light in each modifier.

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