A&P various light modifiers comparison pics

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  1. Jcolman

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    The following is a combination of too much time on my hands and boredom.

    I've always wanted to see how my different light modifiers compare to each other, specifically my speedlight modifiers. I didn't bother to test my studio lights and their modifiers because I pretty much know what the results look like. However, when using speedlights, I tend to vary between using an umbrella, small Photoflex softbox, homemade beauty dish and bare flash. This is a comparison of those modifiers, all using a Sunpack 383 as the light source.

    But just to make things interesting, I threw in a video light to compare with the above.


    All of the pics are straight out of my 5D and only resized and sharpened for web. I tried to keep the exposures about the same, but since different modifiers eat up different amounts of light, the exposures may vary a little. WB was set to auto.

    This first series has the lights placed about 14' from the subject.

    Bare flash

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    homemade beauty dish with a 16" diameter

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    photoflex 15"x18" softbox

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    white umbrella in shoot thru mode

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    same umbrella reversed

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    video light

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    Now here's where the real results come in. I moved the light to approximately 3' away and repeated the shots. I didn't bother to reshoot the bare strobe shot as I would rarely use it that close and un-modified.

    Beauty dish from 3' away

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    Photoflex softbox from 3' away

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    Shoot thru umbrella from 3' away

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    umbrella reversed from 3' away

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    video light from 3' away

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    I also thought it would be interesting to see the light pattern so I set the light up about 3' from my back drop and underexposed the light a few f/stops.

    beauty dish. Note the center "dead" spot

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    softbox

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    umbrella. I forgot to take a pic of it in shoot thru mode.

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    video light

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    The differences are subtle but each modifier has it's own unique "look". The farther away you place the lights from the subject, the less difference you see.
     
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  2. Jcolman

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    the reversed umbrella pics look best to me.
     
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    Agreed. But to be fair, my head was turned a bit to the light which helps bring out my manly features.
     
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    reversed umbrella wins
     
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    BUCE what the fuck is the internet?

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    :bowdown: Awesome comparison, I'm looking into different lighting options and this helps. Thanks
     
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    I'm picking up that same softbox soon, I think it will be sufficient if I keep it close and maybe pick up a reflector so the other side of the face isn't so dark

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    isaac86hatch This thread sucks

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    Moral of the story: an $11 umbrella is ftw!
     
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    It's a great little softbox. I shot these with no other light just so you could see how the light falls off on the shadow side. Using a reflector or bounce card to help fill the shadow side is standard procedure.

    This softbox works best (imo) outdoors to provide some fill light.
     
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    that is until you try and use it outside on a windy day.
     
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    :bowdown: Great comparison! Thanks for taking the time to do this.
     
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    isaac86hatch This thread sucks

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    Tent spikes and or sandbags do the trick.
     
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    Nice, thanks for the comparison
     
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    nice stuff
     
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    been there done that :wtc:
     
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