Dell just announced a wide gamut 32"
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I have two profoto D1 strobes, should I buy two softboxes of the same size or two different sizes?
If you get 2 different sizes one will have 'lightbox envy'. And always get the biggest size you can. That way you'll be able to know you've got the biggest ones on the block.
I couldn't help myself, sorry. Nothing really useful to contribute, look at what the others have posted. Much more useful.
Really depends on what your photographing. I used to use umbrellas for portraits. Then I got all gaga about soft boxes and used those, with good results... last few portrait sessions, one bright silver umbrella - and a big softbox. Big for me is 3x4 foot on a Matthews Beefy Baby, which is enough stand for a non-boomed box. If you're thinking about using a boom, you'll need a Jr size stand.
The nice thing about soft boxes, is you can always scrim them at the face, and not lose much interms of light quality, just reduce the width of the light itself. Very good and interesting results can be had on products using creative scrimming of softboxes. Umbrellas dont do on most product photography.
Are these Octa units able to use a grid/limiter? I would not want at least some softboxes in my kit that didn't have some way of controlling how wide their light is cast. I have no experience with an octabox but saw one a friend had in use and it would have been hard to card it off and I saw no attachment for a honeycomb. Rectangular units of any size mean easy scrim with a black card. I have cut sawtooth cards to taper the effect. Rectangular softboxes, if not too deep, are a bit easier to hide in the corner of a room, but I haven't looked at an Octa up close.
Think long term and wait for what will work. Or order from another source. Post a "Want to Buy" ad.
Of course, this is one of those questions that are insoluble to those who are not actually living your own life. But, there are some rules of thumb to go by that might help you to understand diffuser (softbox light is diffused light) light sources.
Most people, even some photographers, mistakenly think that the softness (lower overall contrast, with lighter shadow values compared to harder lighting having comparable highlight values) comes from the evenness of the light source, such as light that is bounced off a large reflecting board or diffused through a medium such as translucent cloth, vellum or plastic. This is only about 1/4 right. The "softness" from these light sources is actually solely due to the overall size of the light emitting surface in relation to its distance from the subject. If a source is very uneven, with much brighter areas surrounded by those less illuminated, then the size of the source can mainly be measured by the part of the source which is most bright, like the light coming from an old fashioned photo flood fixture, and would actually measure as smaller overall than the size of the reflector. This is why the most efficient way of delivering soft lighting from a source of a certain measured area will usually be from an evenly illuminating source such as a softbox, light reflecting off a board or wall, or even a well made umbrella. But, the real data that counts is still how big the illuminating source is compared with the distance to the subject.
Understanding this should give you an idea how to calculate how big your softboxes should be to work for your subjects and your preconception of the quality of the light. If you cannot vary the distance from multiple illuminating sources to your subject by very much, then, in order to change the soft-hard quotient of the lighting from more than one softbox source, one would require different sized softboxes to accomplish the desired effect. Also, things such as overall space requirements, weight on - and position of - the lighthead (torque strain), portability, cost and many other factors might lead you to choose boxes of different sizes.
Think about what you may have to shoot and figure it out for yourself.
You should first find out what kind of lighting you want to create. Once the artistic decision is made the actual choice comes by itself. Or: if there was a catchall answer nobody would need the wide selection of options.
But you can always mask down a large box, the other way around is more difficult.
6d doesn't need a flash when theres bright city lights.
neat, where was this taken?