Easy Portable Flash Setup

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  • LiquidAirLiquidAir Major grins Posts: 1,751Registered Users Major grins
    edited October 5, 2007
    Shay,

    Thanks so much for the incredible amount of information you have packed into this thread. I have a NOOB type question regarding shooting with the umbrellas.

    Is there ever a concern about the hardware, the stand, the adapters, the umbrella prongs, etc, casting a shadow of themselves into your composition? Is that something you have to concern yourself over during the set-up , or is the diffusion action of the umbrella itself enough to eliminate this worry?

    Thanks!

    In my experience the only place the hardware is noticable is in reflections. For portraits, it shows up in the catchlights in the subject's eyes.
  • Shay StephensShay Stephens Artist in Residence Posts: 3,165Registered Users Major grins
    edited October 12, 2007
    LiquidAir wrote:
    In my experience the only place the hardware is noticable is in reflections. For portraits, it shows up in the catchlights in the subject's eyes.

    I agree, the only time a light stand or flash or modifier could cast a shadow is if it is in front of the light. So a second liht would have to be casting light across the first light for it to cast a shadow. In practice, this has never really come up for me. The only thing that reall comes up is as LiquidAir mentions, the light showing up in reflections from eyes, windows, mirrors, etc.
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  • patch29patch29 C|34N3R Posts: 2,928Administrators Major grins
    edited December 21, 2007
    I found a new heavier duty umbrella adapter today. It is made by Chimera. It feels as though it will hold a much heavier setup without sagging, at times I have had my Bogen adapter slip and have broken one in the past. Hopefully this one will not have that problem. It does cost about $44 and it is a lot larger, but if you need a heavier duty model. This is it, Chimera also makes a dual axis model. thumb.gif

    Model: 3860 Single Axis Stand Adapter

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  • IcebearIcebear Major grins Posts: 4,015Registered Users Major grins
    edited December 21, 2007
    Now THAT's a piece of gear
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  • pathfinderpathfinder Drive By Digital Shooter Posts: 13,982Super Moderators moderator
    edited December 21, 2007
    I'll put that on my shopping list!
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  • IcebearIcebear Major grins Posts: 4,015Registered Users Major grins
    edited December 23, 2007
    I just found a similar metal bracket made by Manfrotto. Only $32.00. When my plastic brackets die, I'll go that route. One thing I noticed that's cool about the Chimera bracket is that it has two umbrella holes. One that tilts and one on the lower section.
    John :
    Natural selection is responsible for every living thing that exists.
    D3s, D500, D5300, and way more glass than the wife knows about.
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