A&P Ordering some lighting gear: another umbrella or softbox?

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  1. Section8

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    I'm about to order some cactus triggers, a 2nd flash/stand/etc, and either a 60" umbrella or some kind of softbox.

    I'm trying to decide what will best serve me right now seeing as i'm still pretty new to lighting. Can I get good soft light out of a smaller softbox than a larger umbrella? Is a larger source always better?
     
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    shoot through 'brolly box'.

    It's both.
     
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    I don't know what this is :hs: link on BH or Mpex?
     
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    I just ordered a 60" convertible westcott & Alienbee B800

    you can always close it down part of the way and have something smaller :bigok:
     
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    Thanks man, you think the cactus triggers will work fine for me while i"m learning?

    :coold:
     
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    ^ well since that was out of stock anyway, this is what i've put together :dunno:

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    i changed the brolly to a westcott 60" and ordered it :o
     
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    I'm sure they will. I picked up some old ones off craigslist on the cheap and they've been great for me so far. Maybe one misfire out of every 200-250 shots, but I can't complain, plus, until I'm shooting high end weddings (no time in the near future) - I think I can afford to miss a shot here and there.
     
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    My photek 60 is a monster, I only pull it out with the AB1600 to drive it.

    theoretically the 45" umbrella is only 15 smaller, but its much more manageable / convenient size. A single sb800 is just the right amount of power for it.
     
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    werd, mine work fantastic, especially adding a better antenna and doing the double A mod.


    Just be careful that if you're using an old high voltage flash you need a V2 receiver and not a V2s (low voltage, newer flashes). The V2 and V2s receivers both work with the V2 transmitter.
     
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    ok thanks for the info. I've got an SB800 and the Vivitar i just ordered so I think teh V2s will work fine?
     
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    A larger light source will give you softer light if placed the same distance from the subject as a smaller source. bigger is usually better when it comes to lighting, however practical size is also a big consideration.

    When I go on location, I take a small softbox, umbrella or my home made beauty dish simply because it's easier to haul around and set up.

    However, for shooting beauty shots inside or if I really want the light to look killer, I'll break out my huge softbox and studio strobes.
     
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    yup
     
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    i need to research the double A mod :bowdown:
     
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    Cool, thanks man :)
     
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    well shit, half the stuff i ordered was out of stock :rofl: the stand, the flash, the bag, :rofl: The triggers are coming in stock tomorrow.

    I switched the order around to their new Lumopro flash, the triggers and the 60" brolly. Guess I'll head over to BH to see what stands they have in stock.
     
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    No AB1600, no care!
     
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    this is what I ordered from BH - all in stock and shipped out within a day

    Westcott 60" UMBRELLA WHITE SATIN/REM COVER BLK - WEU60WB 1 $44.50
    $44.50​
    Manfrotto by Bogen Imaging 368B 11' BASIC LIGHT STAND - BO368B 1 $58.95
    $58.95​
    Impact 27 LB SANDBAG/EMPTY BLK CORDRA DBL ZIP - IMSBE27 1 $18.95
    $18.95​
     
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    1600 :eek3: minus whale put teh sun on mah lightstand
     
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    fyi...you can get ankle weights from Wal-mart that work just as good:o
     
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    overpowering the sun FTW!!!!!
     
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    Why not?
     
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    wow, 11 foot? I don't think i quite need something that tall yet :o I think i'm gonna get an 8' westcott stand
     

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