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Aug 25, 2018 22:54 |  #31

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I have not figured out a solution which is convenient, easy to transport and inexpensive.

Check out the Photoflex LitePanel line, the 39"x72" in particular. Frame is plastic or alu (your choice) and breaks down quickly with connecting shock cord. The frame is free-standing with the leg accessory or can be ganged with hinges to create a V-flat. Many fabrics are available: I like the silver lamé and glossy white.


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Aug 26, 2018 08:01 as a reply to  @ RicoTudor's post |  #32

I like the idea of the 77x77 panel with two stands. That could come in handy for just about any outdoor shoots


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Aug 26, 2018 08:09 |  #33

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I like the idea of the 77x77 panel with two stands. That could come in handy for just about any outdoor shoots

just hope there is zero wind, or be prepared to seriously anchor those stands.


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Aug 26, 2018 08:28 |  #34

Left Handed Brisket wrote in post #18692999 (external link)
just hope there is zero wind, or be prepared to seriously anchor those stands.

Yeah, kite was also my first thought


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Aug 26, 2018 19:02 as a reply to  @ Left Handed Brisket's post |  #35

Yeah, I live in the Windy City and panels are an exercise in frustration. My favorite reflector outdoors is a concrete wall!


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Aug 26, 2018 20:26 as a reply to  @ post 18687993 |  #36

I dont recall, but it wasnt a Godox strobe..


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Aug 27, 2018 23:28 |  #37

What frustrates me is that so many of these commercial panels are outside the really handy size. Two 4x8 panels work pretty well. To be clear, what I am saying here relates to photographing people specifically. I find I use different strategies for tabletop, etc.

Tall: V-flats go down to floor level and are above anyone's head. The angle of the light is just going to work. 7 feet tall is probably enough, but 6 feet can be a bit short. I often feather the key and count on the panel for fill. Because the light is high, I need the panel to throw back light on a high level. Over 8 will challenge ceilings at many locations. Ceiling fans and lamps are an issue and some interiors don't really have a full 8 feet. So 84-96" is the best range and 90" might be the best for location use. In the studio, v-flats built to your space are better than constructed panels.

Wide: 4' for each panel has worked quite well for me. It is rare two 4' panels together (one v-flat) isn't enough (at that point, another one comes out). I have run into situations where wider than 4 feet has created problems getting everything to fit and has created inconvenience. I have not run into space problems with v-flats. I think 3 feet is the bottom end of useful. Add much more than 6" to the 4 foot length and there are too many situations where it starts to get in the way.

I would say two hinged panels that were 48x90" would be the most practical and versatile size for location use. 36x84 would be ok and as small as I would want to go, but 40x84 would be better (I know an extra 8", 4" per side, doesn't sound like much, but still...).


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Aug 31, 2018 21:15 |  #38

bar stool?? Would work for waist and above..


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