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SB 28 + umbrella reflector or big soft box ?


Milwaukee, US
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gewe21 Basic Member
Mon 11-Feb-02 03:21 PM

Hi fellow Nikonians,
Does anyone in this forum ever use this technique ? My favourite subject is people + portait. I'd like to get a big bright catch light on the subject eyes using a large reflector, because using flash alone would only create small dots/ hot spots on the subject's eyes.

I read this link http://www.lanset.com/rcochran/flash/ , and am interested in trying this method. However, I'm not sure about a couple of things:
1. I will use my speedlight (SB-28, and Metz 54) instead of a real studio lighting as the light source. Is it better to use umbrella type reflector, or a large soft box ?
2. What color of umbrella should I pick, or how should I decide ? Should it be silver, white, or translucent, or the combo (translucent + black cover) ?
3. How big should the umbrella / softbox be ? I like to get not only head and shoulder shots, but also full body shots.
4. I would need an SC-17 sync cord, right ?
5. The link above shows the setup for an umbrella. Does anybody know how to do it with a softbox ? The setup / hookups, clamps, etc ?

All inputs are greatly appreciated, Thanks.

George Oei

George Oei
Madison, WI
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