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f1nut 11-14-2009 09:44 AM

soft box for of camera flash units
 
It's that time of year and people want to know what is on my xmas list. well after I told them and they said no a list that would mean us not having won the lottery lol I was thinking of a soft box for my canon 580ex flash unit. I saw these in a mag the other week http://www.studio-flash.com/50cm-x-5...etz-p-709.html and just wanted some feed back. Does any one use anything like this ? what's good or bad about them?. I was also looking for some book ideas mainly on the subjects of portraits. So does anyone have any good books they could recommend ?
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camrajoky 11-14-2009 09:56 AM

Re: soft box for of camera flash units
 
Looks like a nice unit....only thing is you wont have a modeling light to show you where it is going to hit. But if you aim it right and avoid having to readjust. you will get a softer direct light. The softbox will provide a larger and softer source of light that will allow you to give much better results. Because it is softening, you will notice that it will eat up your batteries as you will be shooting more full power.

swampler 11-14-2009 09:59 AM

Re: soft box for of camera flash units
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by camrajoky (Post 875517)
Looks like a nice unit....only thing is you wont have a modeling light to show you where it is going to hit.

If connected with a sync cord, I believe pressing the DOF preview button on the cam will cause the flash to pulse, essentially providing a modeling light.

f1nut 11-14-2009 10:05 AM

Re: soft box for of camera flash units
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by camrajoky (Post 875517)
Looks like a nice unit....only thing is you wont have a modeling light to show you where it is going to hit. But if you aim it right and avoid having to readjust. you will get a softer direct light. The softbox will provide a larger and softer source of light that will allow you to give much better results. Because it is softening, you will notice that it will eat up your batteries as you will be shooting more full power.

Thanks for that quick reply. I guess it would be a trial and error sort of thing to start with. I really am looking to use it outdoors more then indoors but that may well change as time goes on. The battery side of things I will just have to put up a small price to pay if I get the photos I want.

f1nut 11-14-2009 10:11 AM

Re: soft box for of camera flash units
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by swampler (Post 875519)
If connected with a sync cord, I believe pressing the DOF preview button on the cam will cause the flash to pulse, essentially providing a modeling light.


Will try that out after. Thanks for the tip.


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