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    Default Re: DIY Strobe Reflector

    Hot shoe mounted, 550ex at 50mm, direct flash, 24mm prime lens with d60

    With Stofen Omni-bounce



    With Woklight P3
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    Default Re: DIY Strobe Reflector

    Hey, this one definitely looks better than Stofen (softer shadows) and more even than previous generation. Any shots of the contraption?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lennyl View Post
    Hey, this one definitely looks better than Stofen (softer shadows) and more even than previous generation. Any shots of the contraption?
    it is still the same wok cover, except that i sprayed the reflective surface glossy white.

    but i will change it to mat white later to make the lighting more evenly spread out, but at the expense of brightness.

    also, as you can see, there is no color cast with the "Woklight P3".

    the yellow cast you see with stofen is due the aging of plastic mat'l. so cant be help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by denniskee View Post
    also, as you can see, there is no color cast with the "Woklight P3".

    the yellow cast you see with stofen is due the aging of plastic mat'l. so cant be help.
    Ah, I was wondering about the yellow cast, but thought it was due to WB setting.

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    the flash fired off at same power for both photo ("Woklight P3 and stofen).

    i think :

    1) "Woklight" P4 should have the lower brightness than P3 but simislar brightness as stofen.

    2) P4 should have more even light than P3 and even better than stofen.
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    Default Re: DIY Strobe Reflector

    Off camera with "off cord 2", 0.5m to left, 550ex at 50mm, manual mode 1/4 power, direct flash, 24mm prime lens with d60

    With Stofen Omni-bounce




    With Woklight P3
    Last edited by denniskee; 29th May 2008 at 11:39 AM.
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    ha ha ha, just realize something. when using stofen,

    1) should we fixed zoom position for flash head regardless of focal length of lens used? or should we let the flash zoom sync. with the focal length of the lens used?

    2) point direct or bounce at 45deg?
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    Just realized something - woklight (with greater surface area) gives more prominent reflection in glasses. Might be good for catchlight in eyes, but not so good for glasses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lennyl View Post
    Just realized something - woklight (with greater surface area) gives more prominent reflection in glasses. Might be good for catchlight in eyes, but not so good for glasses.
    ya, i also notice that. but considering these kind of reflector are typically used studio or multiple lightings shoot, normally can request those wearing specs to remove the glass from the spec right? at least that was what my photog told me to do for my wedding shoot in the studio.

    anyway, continue with testing

    on lennyl observation, i did a slight modification by sticking a mat, black circle disc to the centre. so now it is "Woklight P3.1"

    i decided to do another round of testing after reading up on using light modifiers
    http://gerardmaas.net/SpeedliteModifiersFeature/

    540ez off camera with "optical slave" at 1.5m to left, 430ez on camera with bounce card to prevent light from hitting me, both flash in manual mode 1/8 power, 24mm prime lens with d60.

    side note : reason for me to change from 550ex to 540ez is because 55oex have to be turn off and on after each shot when used with "optical slave" device.

    540ez set at 24mm zoom position, with Stofen Omni-bounce, pointing 45deg up.



    540ez set at 50mm zoom position, with Woklight P3.1, direct flash
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    this time round, i am testing 2 flash lighting system

    540ez off camera with "optical slave" at 1.5m to left, 430ez on camera, both flash in manual mode 1/8 power, 24mm prime lens with d60.


    both flash at 24mm, with Stofen Omni-bounce and pointing 45deg up



    540ez at 50mm with Woklight P3.1 and direct flash, 430ez at 24mm with stofen at 45deg up
    Last edited by denniskee; 29th May 2008 at 11:43 AM.
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    Stofen pointed 45 deg up definitely shows light falloff towards lower part of photo. Guess that is expected.

    Maybe it is time to buy a store mannequin so that you don't have to stand there in front of the flash. Setting timer, then running in front of camera can't be that much fun (where do you focus, anyway?) Who's the accidental subject in the kitchen (?) in your last two photos? Did you get a model release?
    Last edited by lennyl; 29th May 2008 at 11:57 AM.

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    Default Re: DIY Strobe Reflector

    BTW this thread from dpreview may be of interest to you.

    http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/re...6394856&page=1

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