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Mar 19, 2010 14:53 |  #7006

DerekW wrote in post #9829902 (external link)
Although this may be "smallish" not "mediumish".

You could use something like this:
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Wow, those are great prices, how good are they? Do you own them and use them?




  
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Mar 19, 2010 16:20 |  #7007

robert.depalmo wrote in post #9830431 (external link)
Lucis is garbage, people have mistakenly pegged it as the operative ingredient in the work of some very very talented photographers/photo manipulators (which it is definitely not), same thing with HDR. I only use photoshop and/or lightroom (no plugins) personally. It really is all about learning how to light a scene and bring out those effects in post.

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Mar 19, 2010 16:47 |  #7008

ChrisMc73 wrote in post #9830533 (external link)
Wow, those are great prices, how good are they? Do you own them and use them?

I've got a similar softbox a speedlight bracket and it works great, this one's better as it has a second diffusion. Haven't tried it with an AB speedring, though i might just see if I can jerry rig one though.




  
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Mar 19, 2010 17:06 as a reply to  @ DerekW's post |  #7009

I just unboxed my Vagabond and plugged it in to charge. It's making a high pitch scream, is this normal?


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Mar 19, 2010 17:29 |  #7010

Was on a shoot today, plugged in my two B800s to my Vagabond II same as I've been doing, and it blew up. Made a few loud popping noises and poured smoke out of the top compartment. Not sure what happened, but it's been making a humming sound for the past two hours and won't work at all. Luckily I bought it new about a month ago so it's still under warranty. Such a headache.


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Mar 19, 2010 17:30 |  #7011

showtm490 wrote in post #9831320 (external link)
I just unboxed my Vagabond and plugged it in to charge. It's making a high pitch scream, is this normal?

Yeah, it goes away after a little while. I also said WTF when mine started doing it, lol


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Mar 19, 2010 17:30 |  #7012

showtm490 wrote in post #9831320 (external link)
I just unboxed my Vagabond and plugged it in to charge. It's making a high pitch scream, is this normal?

Many people have reported that as being normal. Mine did the same but it went away after a little while.


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Mar 19, 2010 17:52 as a reply to  @ ericski's post |  #7013

thanks, i'm afraid to leave it plugged in now though while i'm out.


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Mar 19, 2010 19:19 |  #7014

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Thats right man hahah!!!! I know you know what to do!!!! that last shot you posted was dope!




  
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Mar 19, 2010 19:34 |  #7015

DerekW wrote in post #9831194 (external link)
I've got a similar softbox a speedlight bracket and it works great, this one's better as it has a second diffusion. Haven't tried it with an AB speedring, though i might just see if I can jerry rig one though.

Here's a tip.... Try shooting without the diffusion panel... Trust me
on this one. It's all about directing light...


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Mar 19, 2010 19:39 |  #7016

Actually, it's worth trying all 3 ways, 1, 2, and no diffusers, it all depends on the look




  
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Mar 19, 2010 20:33 |  #7017

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Thanks, any idea on how to whiten a background when the people are standing very close to it?

Is there any way to back light from behind the backdrop?

Sure, if your backdrop is translucent enough. Use white ripstop nylon, a few yards from the fabric store and drape it over your background stand. If you have a large enough softbox for the type of photo you're taking, you can use it as a background as well (e.g. for head-and-shoulders shots).

Really your problem here is with ratios. Some of your pics have a fairly white background... white enough that I wouldn't notice anything wrong with it. Others, it's more of a light gray. Your background light power needs to be set in correct proportion to the power of your front lights in order for the background to show up as white. So if you are using a hotshoe flash as the background light, you need to turn your Bees way down and shoot at a lower f-stop but keep the background light as high as it will go. Keep adjusting your aperture larger and your front lights lower until you get a consistent white background. If you do this properly, your background will turn white no matter how far away your subject is from the background. But you will receive higher amounts of "wrap" if the subject is very close to a very relatively bright background.

Here is a quick photo I just took of myself to give an example of using a softbox as a backdrop. I have an AB800 at full power through a large foldable softbox (both baffles installed) directly behind me. I am standing so close that I am practically touching it with my shoulder blades. For front lighting, I am holding two white sheets of foamcore board in front of me to either side to reflect the light back into my face. You can see the edges of the foamcore boards on either side of the photo. You can see how I have a pretty large amount of "wrap" around my face and neck, and elsewhere as well. This was shot was taken at f/14. Obviously there are issues with this photo, but it's just to illustrate the point.

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Mar 19, 2010 21:26 |  #7018

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Photos taken for my friends surprise 20th birthday. He was really happy =]

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Mar 19, 2010 21:45 |  #7019

Got a chance to play with my Bees for a few mins again tonight and tried out my Expodisc for the first time as well. I used a second Bee this time with barn doors and the beauty dish as well.

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Mar 20, 2010 01:02 |  #7020

badger - Good idea! I wish I had the large softbox...

Pogi - Nice shots! They look happy!

Jeremi - That is a nice crisp and sharp image! Nice work!

I had another shoot today and just finished a few edits. Let me know what you guys think! There are more on my flickr and facebook pages!

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