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Light Modifiers for SB800

Bob Chadwick

Norcross, US
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Bob Chadwick Silver Member Nikonian since 12th Jan 2006
Wed 23-Jan-13 03:14 AM

I'm shooting basketball using two off-camera SB800s with FlexTT5s to control them. So far I have been been bouncing the flash units off a low ceiling behind the backboard which is the walkway for the second floor. I have been geeting pretty good results but am thinking that I would have more control over the direction and quality of the lights using some form of light modifier.

What do you think? Anything that I would use would have to be fairly small and attach to either the flash or a lightweight flash stand. I don't want to become much more noticeable than I already am.

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Photograffiti

LA (Lower Arkansas), US
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#1. "RE: Light Modifiers for SB800" | In response to Reply # 0

Photograffiti Silver Member Nikonian since 03rd Apr 2006
Wed 23-Jan-13 02:46 AM

The problem will be (at least as I have found) that most modifiers will cut the effective flash distance quite a bit. You might look into building a custom reflector unit, but most modifiers will be either too big or too light-sapping.

Maybe I'm wrong on this. Won't be the first time.

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SweetMK

US
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#2. "RE: Light Modifiers for SB800" | In response to Reply # 0

SweetMK Registered since 22nd Jan 2013
Wed 23-Jan-13 02:50 AM | edited Wed 23-Jan-13 03:22 AM by SweetMK

From my understanding of speedlights (any of them), they all have limited range.
With a decent depth of field, you may be limited to 15-30 feet. I think bounce in any gym is just adding fill at best.

Modifiers are just going to spread the light even more, offering shorter range.

If you are getting good pics with bounce, I think you have the best answer!
Bounce is a great modifier.
JMHO

Bob Chadwick

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Bob Chadwick Silver Member Nikonian since 12th Jan 2006
Wed 23-Jan-13 12:57 PM

Thanks for the info.

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HHargitt

Maple Ridge, CA
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#4. "RE: Light Modifiers for SB800" | In response to Reply # 0

HHargitt Silver Member Donor Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2015 Nikonian since 19th Jan 2010
Wed 23-Jan-13 07:34 PM

How far is it from the flash to the ceiling and ceiling to the subject? If the distance will be close to halved by turning the flash around and adding softbox then you will probably come out with about the same or more light, but have much more control over the angle of the light. The down side is the softbox is going to be very conspicuous and may prove to distracting to the players.

Happy shooting,

Howard

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