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Old 10-23-2018, 10:02 PM
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The old rig brought out

Didn't want to lug the monolight and softbox this time out. An easy setup and breakdown for small shoots is nice. Remembering the old days brought out the 40x40" 1 stop diffuser and 750W hot light. The heat was to uncomfortable to work with. This time applied the two speedlights to see what could be done. Was pleased and realized how soft a light this results in. A bit flat though for knives, guns and such this works well. This what Jim Weyer had suggested when I started. Easy, economical with good results.

The speedlights made this really nice without any heat to deal with. As well those little flashes are easily moved so experimenting was a breeze.


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Was doing some work up shots for practice today... Always a challenge to get what is in mind in the real capture. Almost there... want the fade on the bottle to taper more. Know how to get it, I ran out of light stands to hold stuff.
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Never thought to use a cloth sheet to diffuse the light. Man you make some pretty knives.
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Thanks Jim.

Bathtub curtains, white trash bags, white nylon fabrics, acrylic lighting panels and stretched artist canvas...work well too. The photo supply places love to mark up the diffusion materials. One can go to a fabric shop and get them very reasonably. Then build a frame from PVC irrigation pipes and fittings. Add in a single speedlite and a remote trigger for ~$100.

This time of year getting a rig to photograph their own pieces is easier on the wallet.

I use these triggers: (The camera has to have a hot shoe and manual capability.)
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...emote_for.html

Lightstands:
https://www.amazon.com/Neewer-Photog...i+light+stands


Youngnuo flashes:
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/searc...yongnuo+flash&

I would suggest an older model flash from the big players relative to your rig : Nikon, Canon, etc. Third party units like Yongnuo, Godox, Flashpoint, Orlit, etc are budget minded pieces that have nice features. Not sure on the reliability. I have a Canon 580EX circa 2006 that has been great, that's in the travel kit.

This Jim Sornberger flipper was shot with two-speedlites: Main above and then the second for shadow fill. Same as the Mel Nishiuchi higher in the thread.
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