« on: January 10, 2015, 04:07:07 PM »
- Dear all
I need some guidance on deciding on light modifiers, and will greatly appreciate your help. Here is the situation:
1. I don't have a dedicated studio, and hope to work partly in my apartment, partly in subjects' houses and locations, and plan to shoot portraits and real estate/architecture. This will be strictly a weekends and holidays thing, and mostly for friends and family. So space and budget is limited, but so is the scope.
2. Regarding lighting gear, I have 3 600EX-RTs, two large Rogue flash benders (one with the diffusion panel) and sets of gels for each flash, a Wafer softbox (30" x 40") and two Manfrotto 1052BAC lights stands that I recently purchased.
3. I plan to buy the TTL version of the Godox 360 when it comes out (300 Ws, bare bulb)
4. I am considering buying a couple of modifiers- one large and one small.
A. For the first, I am considering a PLM- I am thinking soft silver as it is somewhat less specular than the extreme while still producing efficient output. I hope that it will give me controlled but bright light, let me utilize the full power of the Godox and produce round catchlights when I need them.
>Question is, am I choosing the right surface?
>If so, should I go for the 51" or the 64"- that is, how many people can the first light- how many the second?
>Will my Godox 360 be sufficient to light a 64" umbrella?
>Finally, I am thinking of getting the Elinchrom ring mount for the PLM and the Elinchrom mount Speedlite bracket to fit my Godox and Speedlites. I shall also get an Elinchrom mount for my Wafer. Is it silly to go for this mount even though I don't have an Eli light? The alternative is to go Bowens on the wafer and Speedlite bracket and use the PLM by the shaft (PCB doesn't make Bowens ring mounts).
b. For the latter, I am thinking of a small flash-mounted softbox. What shape and size should I look for?
>There are some square Lastolite clones as well as some small and cheap octaboxes (links below)- which will be better?
Are there other, better alternatives?
Thanks in advance!