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Registered: ‎05-22-2014

Re: 6d wrong choice for portrait work?

I can see what you're saying about a hotspot in a larger softbox. I'm curious about how you would add more that one light to a softbox though. Don't they just have one port for a speedlight? As far as the modeling light goes...I guess you just try to keep ambient light to a minimum? Just enough to focus?
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Re: 6d wrong choice for portrait work?


@rswannabe wrote:
I can see what you're saying about a hotspot in a larger softbox. I'm curious about how you would add more that one light to a softbox though. Don't they just have one port for a speedlight? As far as the modeling light goes...I guess you just try to keep ambient light to a minimum? Just enough to focus?

They make hotshoe adapters to put multiple speedlights on a stand.   There's a ton of different types, like rails:

 

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Or multi-adapters:

 

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They're also easy to make if you have cold shoes.  But me personally, I don't need anything fancy, I just strap a second light onto the first with a bungee cord, kinda like this, only the first one is on the bracket, and the second just strapped to it:

 

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On the internal softbox, the Brolly, any of the options work.  But on the Fotodiox boxes where the flash sits at the rear you have less space.  The ring is big enough to fit two speedlights in it, but only if they're strapped close together, long sides next to each other.  That's why I've never bothered buying a rig, it's easy enough to just MacGuyver it.  Also, there's a diminishing returns with multiple speedlights.  A second light gets you an extra stop, but it takes two more to get a second stop, and a total of eight for the third, etc.  If you need more than two speedlights, then you need a studio light.

 

As far as modeling lights and ambient.  With flash you don't have to worry about ambient, unless you're doing really wide aperture stuff.  At ISO 100 and a shutter speed of 1/160 ambient doesn't have much effect except on glossy reflections.  If I want a pure black background sometimes I'll turn down the lights a bit, because the 6D dynamic range can pull detaiil out of the darkest of shadows.  But really you can just fix it in post by checking your levels.

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Registered: ‎05-22-2014

Re: 6d wrong choice for portrait work?

Oh wow. That is very helpful! Sometimes I get so preoccupied on one thing I forget about the other. Like the shutter speed killing ambient light! I think I'm about ready to place my order. :-)
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