A&P Cheap shoot thru umbrellas and cheap softboxes

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  1. turbodude

    turbodude Just a photographer OT Supporter

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    I have been looking and cant find the cheap stuff everyone else can on ebay. Where are you guys finding this stuff.
     
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    A big ole shoot though umbrella is like $30 from Adorama.
     
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    or $3 on ebay :bowdown:
     
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    One 8' x 4' piece of white foamcore, some duct tape and a white cotton or linen sheet. Build your own softbox for < $15
     
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    turbodude Just a photographer OT Supporter

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    not what i want, i prefer to look professional on paid shoots. and mojito where are these $3 umbrellas!
     
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    :dunno:

    I got 2 for $3 for $15 shipping. Amvona is on there selling shit, I saw a few softboxes going for under $30 today
     
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    turbodude Just a photographer OT Supporter

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    yeah i wan those umbrellas
     
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    I paid something like $10 for a 32" shoot through umbrella on B&H :dunno:
     
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    do the shoot through umbrellas and softboxes create close to the same fill lighting?
     
  10. IntheWorks

    IntheWorks windin film.. takin pics Moderator

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    amvona is retarded cheap on their stuff, and they sell TONS of it.. so sometimes you can catch auctions that slip thru the cracks and pick them up even cheaper.
     
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    IntheWorks windin film.. takin pics Moderator

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    similar, but not the same.
     
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    Softboxes are directional but less efficient, shoot though umbrellas are not but waste less light.
     
  13. Cobber

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    What are the benefits to having huge umbrellas with speed lights?

    Wouldn't a smaller umbrella work just as well?
     
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    softer light source
     
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    turbodude Just a photographer OT Supporter

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    you have that backwards. Shoot thru umbrellas waste more light, due to spillage, and lack of containment. Softboxes are efficient enough not to "waste" light, but does consume more of it.
     
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    Bigger, softer light souce.
     
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    IntheWorks windin film.. takin pics Moderator

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    yeah, umbrellas tend to "wrap" the light more than a softbox... sometimes it's a good thing, some times it's not.
     
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    so someone going to give a link to this Avona guy?
     
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    I like softboxes or chimeras over umbrellas mainly because I can control the light spill much easier. I often have to flag off my main lights from hitting my background, which I light separately.
     
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    there's a video out there somewhere (I think I saw it on strobist) that shows the difference between softboxes and umbrellas.... I tried to find it, but didn't have any luck.
     
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    Poor word choice. You still get more light for your flash from an umbrella than you do a softbox, but I like softboxes much more, if nothing else than having the nice catchlight to work with.
     
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    totally off topic, but how the fuck do I take macro shots with a 18-55 lens, without getting blur around the edges of the subject (lets say a watch for example).

    sorry, just would rather not fux0r up the forum by making another thread.
     
  24. Jcolman

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    Shoot at a much smaller aperture for greater depth of field.
     
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    iF he doenst know how to get greater DOF, we should tell him that a small aperture is a larger number.
     

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