A&P Just bought first AB1600 Strobe, help OT

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  1. Jbrown

    Jbrown OT Supporter

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    Just got a good deal on an Alien Bee 1600 strobe & HD stand.


    Now to figure out what I should shoot it into/through.


    Most of my work will be glamour/fashion outdoors/on location.

    I plan to get another Ab800 in future, but for now I will be using this as main light with 550ex has key/hair light.

    Should I get a large/huge foldable softbox or maybe and octabox?


    What do you all think?


    TIA
     
  2. xenon supra

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    I went for the 60" reversible westcott umbrella on my AB800. I use it for events on location and for portraits. I love the portability of my umbrella much more than my old softboxes. It makes setting up and cleaning up so easy. I'd highly recommend it.
     
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    :cool:

    I already have a westcott 43" brella, I imagine a 60" would make even more light.

    Isn't the light from the Softboxes much softer?
     
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    if you're new to the game, just try the umbrella for a bit.
    Umbrella is more omni-directional than a softbox.
     
  5. TheManLouisianaFace

    TheManLouisianaFace and decide!

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    download the one light dvds, personally I think the softbox produces a much better look than a shootthrough.
     
  6. Jbrown

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    Yeah it's been awhile since I watched Onelight, anyone have a link for a download :x:
     
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    tetsuo And shepherds we shall be...

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    no reviews :noes:
     
  9. Jbrown

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    Looks the same as an AB Brolly box
     
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    brolly box, right?
     
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    I use a 60" Photek Softlighter II on my Ab1600. Works great.
    Reflected, with diffusion panel.
     
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    Looking into this
     
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    twinturboteddy Bling Bling!

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    AB makes a great 5 foot octobox that folds up like am umbrella with speedring already attached. Get one.
     
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    I like the look of shoot through umbrellas more than softboxes for whatever reason, but when I do go softbox, I love me some octabox.
     
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    beat me to it!! :h5:
     
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    So next to buy...


    1x CyberCync Transmitter
    2x Receivers
    Giant Octabox
    vagabond II

    AKA like $600 :o
     
  21. Jbrown

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    Fuck nevermind, all above is $698.88 shipped.

    But I'll be set then :coold:
     
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    Softlighter 60"

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/75852-REG/Photek_SL_6000_Umbrella_Softlighter_II.html#features

    Shoot thru, reflective, or diffused

    Although I always use it in the diffused mode, since I only pull it out when I want max softness/max coverage.

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    The Photek Softlighter II 60" Umbrella takes light from your strobe head or monolight, reflects it into its white panels, then softens it again with a diffuser on its way out.

    This 60" size is perfect for a 1 - 2 person full length portrait, or 4x5 ft product setup. It will illuminate ~20 sq ft.
    Note: This size does not include the gold and silver discs.

    • Unique construction consisting of ten panels instead of the usual eight gives more reflective surface, more perfect circle of light - more flattering catch lights in the subject's eyes.
    • The removable black nylon cover stops all stray and ricochet, enhancing total light control.
    • With removal of its black cover and a reversal of direction, the Softlighter II becomes a "softbox" -- a shoot-through diffuser, providing light that can be used either as a main light source or as a flattering fill.
     
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    Nice...i love the AB1600
     

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