BARRY: New Picture PLUS Lighting Set Up

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: October 13, 2015

Category: Photography

I thought for today I’d share a new portrait with you, with this one being from this past weekend of my friend Barry who is a member of Band, Spriggan Mist.

An impromptu portrait taken in his front room when my wife and I had popped over to visit, this was taken using my Anytime Anywhere kit (as it was in my car as always) but this time using a different modifier to what I’ve mentioned in earlier posts…

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Since putting together this portable kit I’ve had many recommendations to look at alternatives as opposed to just sticking with the Lumiquest III Softbox and although I know you can keep on looking for and finding new stuff, there were a couple I wanted to check out.

One of them was the Lastolite Ezybox Speedlight that just so happened to be a recommendation from my Buddy, Brian Worley. Brian has one and when I took a closer look, although it doesn’t pack down as small as the Lumiquest, the build quality is great AND the diffusion is most definitely better (in my opinion).

With the Lumiquest, the flash fires straight through a sheet of translucent plastic for the modifier and although it does a good job, I have noticed that it does leave a hotspot on the subject your photographing; this doesn’t happen however with this Lastolite modifer due to the diffusion material AND the fact that there’s both an inner and outer.

In the video below you can see the Lastolite Ezybox Speedlight being assembled and get an idea for it’s size and portability; the only difference being with me is that I most definitely do not have it attached to the speedlight ontop of the camera…but you already knew that right?!?! 🙂

https://vimeo.com/72175120

Below I’ve included a lighting diagram to give you a rough idea of the position that the lighting was held so as to give the cross lighting pattern on Barry…

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In another post I’ll give you a look at the other modifier I’ve checked out which is the Rogue Flashbender 2 Softbox; an entirely different piece of kit but again incredibly compact and portable.

Catch you next time,
Glyn

•You can check out a LARGE version of the portrait over on my 500px page by CLICKING HERE

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2 Comments

  1. LuisM

    Couldn’t you use that “hot spot” on the Lumiquest to your advantage and create more drama? Looking at your work doesn’t look like the hot spot is much of an issue 🙂

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  2. kuryakin2

    I think what we may be discussing here is which softbox you prefer using when applying Glyns magic Blackground technique. My preference so far is for the Lumiquest. It does create more drama to the portrait and gives it a more creative impact as LuisM says..

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