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Going on vacation, which modifier to bring?

 
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Jan 04, 2012 01:33 |  #1

Hi everyone, I need your help on this one.

I'm leaving for the Repuplic Dominicana this Saturday. I'll obviously bring some of my camera gear. I'll bring one luggage + one carry-on. Camera gear will be in the carry-on. I want to do 2-3 shots on the beach and it'll probably be windy (which beach isn't?). I don't like the look of bare flash.

Which modifier should I bring? An umbrella? 24Qbox? Beauty dish (that might take lot of place in the suitcase..)? Any other? I'll bring an 8 foot light stand which easily fits in my suitcase.

Looking for your help here, I really don't shoot on beaches often, let alone in another country ;)


Oh and don't tell me to take it easy and simply enjoy the vacation, I'm going there for the great scenery and the nice picture opportunity! :cool:

Thanks in advance,

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Jan 04, 2012 02:56 |  #2

Its not like you can't remove the center deflector/diffuser and pack clothes inside and around the BD in your luggage, Right?


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Jan 04, 2012 08:59 |  #3

Beach, I will carry the BD dish, you can buy more underwear over there.


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Jan 04, 2012 09:02 |  #4

J Kacey wrote in post #13643770 (external link)
Its not like you can't remove the center deflector/diffuser and pack clothes inside and around the BD in your luggage, Right?

I sure could do that. That's the one you think I should bring?


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Jan 04, 2012 09:08 as a reply to  @ Rivest's post |  #5

Go light something portable and easy to setup. Remember overseas you have to be careful about theft,crowds, etc. I would do the Qbox or umbrella easy to setup and breakdown.


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Jan 04, 2012 09:11 |  #6

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Go light something portable and easy to setup. Remember overseas you have to be careful about theft,crowds, etc. I would do the Qbox or umbrella easy to setup and breakdown.

I'd do this to, but the wind will probably throw everything to the ground, I won't have an assistant with me. :|


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Jan 04, 2012 09:22 |  #7

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I sure could do that. That's the one you think I should bring?

Yep. If you wear it as a hat when your not shooting it will keep that Caribbean sun from burning your face and neck. :D


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Jan 04, 2012 09:23 |  #8

Deetrini wrote in post #13644715 (external link)
Go light something portable and easy to setup. Remember overseas you have to be careful about theft,crowds, etc. I would do the Qbox or umbrella easy to setup and breakdown.

have you tried umbrella on a beach. Why do folks worry so much about theft in foreign countries like there no crooks here in our good old USA. Make sure your camera gear is insured (dirt cheap for no pros and pros need it anyways) and use it.


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Jan 04, 2012 09:35 |  #9

Guess I'm going to the photography store tomorrow to pick one up! A 16 would fit better in the suitcase but a 22 one would soften light a bit more. Decisions, decisions....!


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Jan 04, 2012 09:53 |  #10

I'd borrow a white sheet from a hotel, and ask whatever taxi driver that brings you to the beach to hold the white sheet open/taut, and blast a bare flash into that sheet. That way you don't have to worry about gear/size limitations for the trip, but will still get some flattering light.


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Jan 04, 2012 09:55 |  #11

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I'd do this to, but the wind will probably throw everything to the ground, I won't have an assistant with me. :|

yeah i see that point....wind maybe an issue

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Why do folks worry so much about theft in foreign countries like there no crooks here in our good old USA. Make sure your camera gear is insured (dirt cheap for no pros and pros need it anyways) and use it.

It's not as bad here in the U.S as it is in some parts of the world...My dad's from Trinidad and mum's from the U.K believe me i have travelled and seen firsthand. ;)


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Jan 04, 2012 09:58 |  #12

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I'd borrow a white sheet from a hotel, and ask whatever taxi driver that brings you to the beach to hold the white sheet open/taut, and blast a bare flash into that sheet. That way you don't have to worry about gear/size limitations for the trip, but will still get some flattering light.

Sounds like a bad idea. I ain't taking an umbrella with me because of the wind. Don't think a white sheet will be better. Plus I plan on doing more than one shoot that last for more than an hour, don't taxi the taxi driver will be so helpful :p


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Jan 04, 2012 10:22 as a reply to  @ Rivest's post |  #13

If you taking 60D with you and light stand and going to take pictures alone, get small softbox, like lumiquest softbox. It is not going to be blown away as umbrella. You will need extra strap to make sure it is not blowing from the flash and have something to use as sand bag to keep it at the bottom of light stand. Another, very easy to use alternative to umbrella and softbox is Gary Fong lightsphere.
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Jan 04, 2012 10:46 |  #14

My first choice for a modifier for a beach shoot would be a beauty dish, and then a small to medium softbox after that. But as far as transporting them, the softbox is obviously going to take up less space and be lighter and easier. So you have to figure out that tradeoff.


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Jan 04, 2012 11:02 |  #15

I'd bring a large 5 in 1reflector and pay someone to hold it, or make some friends and exchange pics of them for their assistance. Either use it as a scrim or bounce a flash off it it.
Unless you're doing a tight shot with a 16" beauty dish in close, I don't really see it being much better than a bare flash with a standard reflector dish.

Cheap, easy, portable. More time vacationing, less time worrying about or lugging about gear.




  
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