How it connects to start with.
Using the box clip to stretch the elastic and clip tight to the pole.
You can see the difference in this last two by the edge shown on the Deep Umbrella
I have been using a light that is imported by Dynalight, Grand GSB 79. Basically a giant umbrella with a diffuser placed about midway in the design. After working with it awhile, I was getting hard spill where the diffuser does not meet right to the edge of the structure. I searched the manufacturer’s web site and found no solution. For some reason Dynalite or the maker do not bring in to the US a front diffuser that would solve this little issue. I think the details make the difference, so I set out to find a solution and it was easy. Those little box clips you get at Staples or Office Depot were the solution. They are strong enough to hold via the elastic that is on the diffuser to clamp tightly to the pole. (See the second picture). This totally eliminates the spill light that is plagued by the initial design. So a few box clamps and the spill is gone.
As far as a diffuser, I have a 8×8 foot 1/2 silent silk made by the Rag place in LA for my front diffuser. This combination has worked very well. I travel with it in a 62″ Flip Lid from Lightware. I clip on the diffuser with little A clamps purchased at Home Depot.
Sometimes you just have to show how you do things so you can pass it on. I have here a MF1217 with a B2 Profoto Kit. I have modified the heads using FourSquare Mini Mounts so that they are easily useable in a FourSquare Block and Box. I also have a couple of Manfrotto 026 stand adapters so that I can use umbrella, FourSquare box or a bare head. This kit is easy carry on size no problems local or international. The heads are corded to the small power pack giving you plenty of length to move around.
The beauty is just how compact you can make it and carry on the plane. I could have stuffed more but it would not have been as pretty. Great things come in small packages.
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This was shot on location in California during a workshop that Guido Karp was hosting. A wonderful place with curves, ledges, walls, waterfalls, pools, columns and huge spheres to work with. It was built years ago for TV commercials. I believe that it was for a years campaign of hair care products. We were using California Sunbounces and FourSquares. Photographers Steve Thornton, David Mecey, Michael Grecco and Tim Mantoani all gave there two cents during the week long event.
A simple set up showing how the light breaks work. I have talked in a past post about the frame with plastic cardboard sides … this was used to make the pattern on the set wall. (4’x8′) The rods are acrylic colors available from our local plastic supply with a small strobe powering through them to make the “glow”. They kind of act like fiber optic rods. I just threw this together so I could show you how those Lightbreaks work. The wall is for a different idea but after seeing this result I may play with it more. Ah don’t forget www.lightbreak.com
I just love hardware stores. What I have here a a square picture frame painted black that I use to mount different screens, scrims and odd materials that I find in the store. I have pictured different “bug” screens and a plastic square mesh that I found in the garden isle. They all have a unique look when I employ my speed lights through them. The frame snaps apart for easy travel in my 42″ Lightware Cargo Case and all the scrim pieces lay flat on the bottom of the case.
Get crazy try all kinds of different stuff. You just might find something that adds a unique quality to your images.