Collapsible Square Studio Softbox Flash Diffuser


bforbes

Link Posted 07/01/2018 - 16:06
I've been asked by a family member to photograph their baby, so I'm thinking about lighting.

Just wondered if anyone has any experience of the type of softbox on a standard flash, like the Pentax 540?



Barrie
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pschlute

Link Posted 07/01/2018 - 17:00
no experience myself but it will limit you to direct (although diffused) lighting direct from the camera axis, unless you plan to use it off camera when to be honest a stand mounted softbox would be more flexible.

Perhaps the image is distorted but it appears to me that it may take up half of your frame if this is camera mounted !

It also looks like it will suffer a bit from droop !

This is what I use https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cactus-60-softbox-Photographic-Lighting-Style/dp/B00NXR...
Peter



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Last Edited by pschlute on 07/01/2018 - 17:03

McGregNi

Link Posted 07/01/2018 - 17:01
Hi Barrie. I don't feel that kind of diffuser will be very nice really. It does not increase the effective size of the light source by much, and its still going to be a 'full frontal' assault of light onto the subject (if on camera, although as Peter said can it fit on the camera?) so there will be shadows behind if there are any surfaces behind the subject.

The 'softness' quality of flash light is determined by the relative size of the light source in relation to the subject. This diffuser would create a soft light for a macro shot of a bug (like Derek does very effectively), but not for a baby. Even off-camera it will still be a fairly hard light source for a subject the size of a baby.

You're best to go for a flagged and bounce technique. Here's a link to a thread with some of my examples plus shots of the equipment that I hope might be helpful ....

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My Guides to the Pentax Digital Camera Flash Lighting System : Download here from the PentaxForums Homepage Article .... link
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Last Edited by McGregNi on 07/01/2018 - 17:04

bforbes

Link Posted 08/01/2018 - 13:04
Thanks for the link Nigel, some interesting ideas there. I'll definitely have a look at those flash benders
Barrie
Too Old To Die Young
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Pentax K1 K5-IIS K-01 K20D A50/2 A50/1.7 DA10-17 DA18-250 DA18-135 DA18-55 DA300 DA40 DA50-135 DA50-200 DA55-300 DA70 F35-70 DFA150-450 FA20-35 FA100 FA135 FA35 FA28 FA43 FA50 FA77 K55/1.8 M135/3.5 M200/4 M28/3.5 M28/2.8 M40/2.8 Q 01 02 MX-1 I-10 Sigma 15 24 105 180 8-16 10-20 17-35 17-50/2.8 24-70 400/5.6MF Tamron 70-200/2.8 17/3.5MF 24/2.5MF 28/2.5MF 90/2.5MF


http://www.pentaxphotogallery.com/artists/barrieforbes

Algernon

Link Posted 08/01/2018 - 16:19
Grab it while you can 1970's Flashguide by the great Peter Gowland....


http://looscanons.com/php/download.php?f=vivitar/useMultipleFlash.pdf

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Roshni

Link Posted 02/02/2018 - 06:31
Perfect chance for you to make the most of it
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