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Mar 22, 2008 16:47 |  #1

Hi gals and guys,
is it feasible to combine an umbrella for key with a reflector for fill light on location. I read about such a setup for studio work in "Light, Science and Magic" but I haven't actually seen somebody here employ that setup. Any "enlightenment" is greatly appreciated... ;-)a

The reflector's supposed to reflect the light that the key umbrella emits.


  
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Mar 22, 2008 19:44 |  #2

Not only is it feasible, but if you only have one light to work with, a reflector is indispensable for reflecting some of the main light into the shadow areas as fill. :)


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Mar 22, 2008 20:00 |  #3

Thanks Leo!


  
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Mar 22, 2008 20:02 |  #4

We just had a series of head shots we did exactly like this. Works terrific and very simple to set up.


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Mar 22, 2008 20:29 |  #5

Titus, do you have some examples of your work where you used the combo?


  
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Mar 22, 2008 21:44 |  #6

It was our daughter's client so I held the reflector but my father-in-law stopped by while we were still setting up the lights and I asked him to sit for a test shot. As a result of this shot we added more light to the background for the client.

One B800 camera left, a Photoflex LIteDisc in very close and slightly above on the right. Exif should be on the image.

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And today our Amvona 40x60 5-in-1s arrived....Monday we get together for a practice session with them.

Our daughter's web site http://amypearsonphoto​graphy.com/ (external link)

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Mar 22, 2008 21:47 |  #7

Titus,
that's a great picture of your father-in-law. Did you have a separate background light or just the B800 and the reflector?


  
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Mar 22, 2008 21:51 |  #8

We had a B400 for the background. Had to crank it way up before the client arrived.

BTW - the father-in-law is 92....:lol:


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Mar 22, 2008 22:01 as a reply to  @ Titus213's post |  #9

Any reason you would consider a softbox instead?




  
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Mar 22, 2008 22:06 |  #10

airfrogusmc wrote in post #5170679 (external link)
Any reason you would consider a softbox instead?

If this is directed at my last post - I don't own a softbox. We used a Softlighter with the diffusion panel in place for this one.


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Mar 22, 2008 22:10 as a reply to  @ Titus213's post |  #11

Actually was aimed at the OP...




  
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Mar 23, 2008 12:17 |  #12

Was "considering a softbox" aimed at me? I don't have a softbox at the moment. I'm really just starting out... However, I think I'll be considering getting one some time (read: when budget allows).


  
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Mar 23, 2008 14:05 |  #13

Large Umbrella and medium reflector

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Mar 23, 2008 14:29 |  #14

Oh my, I like that Jarrad. Neat expression, great color sense. Very nice light.


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Mar 23, 2008 15:03 |  #15

Jarrad,
that shot is great as is the work of you I just had a look at.
Did you use any other lights for that shot or just the large umbrella and the reflector?

Did you use a gold reflector? If you were to buy one, which color would you prefer?


  
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