A tale of two lights


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A tale of two lights

3 Oct 2020 12:23PM   Views : 1272 Unique : 1066


Well, actually, a tale of one light, with another to come tomorrow for Silly Sunday. Both courtesy of Dave (mistere), of course.

This one puts me in mind of a massive light shaper that Thomas Holm uses, aptly called a Zeppelin Ė there may be something to come about Mr Holmís online tutorials at some point. A Zeppelin is around two metres diameter, and itís a deep, silvered parabolic reflector. It has a slit in one side, to allow a separate lighting stand to support the flash unit at varying positions within the reflector. For softer light, thereís a diffuser that fits across the mouth of the unit.

Daveís under-£20 Godox is smaller, and less deeply curved, but works precisely the same way. I had the chance to use it the same day that Dave spent a couple of hours taking pictures of Aimee_is_Weirdd, and my limited Saturday shadows picture was shot with the Godox.

Thomas Holm used a very large parabolic reflector to give something of the same look as a ringflash Ė this requires the camera to be directly in front of the umbrella, and while it doesnít matter with a bigger brolly, it is an issue as the light source gets smaller, and a head takes up a significant part of its frontal area.

My gallery shot today (a nude converted to monochrome with Nik Efex) has the camera to one side of the umbrella, giving strong shadow on one side of the body: the two images with this blog used a central(-ish) camera for a more-or-less shadowless look.

Yes, Dave. It works. Spectacularly!


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mistere Plus
10 36 8 England
3 Oct 2020 1:12PM
I'd say that was pretty good value for money Smile, and a lot easier to set up than the rectangular strip softbox as well.
I'm looking forward to experimenting with it, I should have taken the opportunity myself while I was with Aimee.
Every day's a school day...
AltImages Avatar
AltImages 3 4
3 Oct 2020 1:46PM
All very interesting. Years ago I went though a phase of putting my head lower centre of a large shoot though brolly. Do you have a link or photo of which piece of godox kit you're referring to?
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pablophotographer 12 2.2k 450
3 Oct 2020 1:51PM
Good light source then!

I must say that colour looks to be at home with this colourful young lady.

Is it too cheeky to ask the originals as versions to today's pic upload?

dudler Avatar
dudler Plus
20 2.1k 2048 England
3 Oct 2020 3:21PM
I'll see what I can do, Pablo...

Dave may well have a link.
mistere Avatar
mistere Plus
10 36 8 England
3 Oct 2020 4:30PM
If anyone else is interested.
The softbox John used can be found on Ebay, search for :-
UK GODOX 47" 120cm Octagon Umbrella Softbox.
Prices vary but i found it at £17.99. £25 if you want it with a light stand.
There are also 80cm versions at about £15.
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20 2.1k 2048 England
4 Oct 2020 9:17AM
Thanks, Dave. Excellent value!

Looking forward to the next time.

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