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How do I attach a softbox to a rectangular fluorescent head?

A regular softbox is not going to fit on this type of light. They are designed for strobes with a single bulb which acts as a point light source and attach via a small hole in the back. This light ...
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Shadowless Product Photography with illuminated bottom?

I personally shoot product that needs to be on a white background on a photo table. It has a translucent plexi-glass that lets your use lights under the table to light it up to have an off white color,...
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How to dismantle this small octagonal softbox?

First posted as a comment It looks very much like a lightweight hiking chair I own. Is there not sufficient give in it to lift one of the outer 'pockets' away from the rod? Each one should get easier ...
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Why diffuse a softbox?

This question (and its answers) is wa-a-a-ay old, but it could stand to have another couple of good reasons thrown in for good measure. The existing answers are good, but they don't touch all of the ...
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How many lumens are required to achieve a pure white background in a 40cmx40cm softbox?

The short answer: It doesn't matter how many lumens your light illuminating the back of your softbox is. The background just has to be lit brighter than your subject. You need more light on the ...
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How many EV will a softbox knock down off your flash?

The problem you had is that your flash was at it's maximum output. No amount of flash exposure compensation will fix that. For maximum flash effectiveness you want your shutter speed at exactly the ...
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What are the best and worst diffuser materials for DIY softbox/light tent?

I have succesfully used a fabric called "Taffeta" (in my Spanish-speaking country, Tafetán). It is used for clothesmaking, so tailors and seamstresses may know where to buy or even be willing to give ...
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Product Photography without a Light Tent?

Many objects can be photographed satisfactorily by putting them in a clean white bathtub and, if necessary, illuminating the bathtub with a simple multi-LED worklight (the kind you can find in a tool ...
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Does the internal structure of an umbrella-type softbox impact light quality?

I did some experimenting in order to answer basically this for myself in the question Is the Deflector Plate recommended when using a Westcott Rapid Box with the cover on? — where the "Rapid Box" in ...
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Softbox lighting: What to look for in a first studio strobe?

This is from the perspective of another beginner in studio photography - what I did, what I'd have done if I knew what I knew now... & what I'd do next... I'd say, if you are going to be shooting ...
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Softbox lighting: What to look for in a first studio strobe?

There's a fundamental difference between the two examples in your question. One is a set with continuous lighting that uses lights that are basically not much different from the ones the fixtures in ...
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Softbox lighting: What to look for in a first studio strobe?

When considering a light setup, you need to consider the following; Light output - With similar budgets, a speed light or studio strobe will generally provide more light than constant light ...
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Are there any COMMON light stand and softbox - which would work both with strobe lights AND continuous LED light

Lighting stands are pretty much standard; almost everything that you would be using outside of industrial applications (like "real" cinema, television and theatre llighting) will use "baby" spigot ...
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How to dismantle this small octagonal softbox?

I've got 3 solutions to this: First option (what I should have done): Do not build the softbox in the first place. Sell it online to some poor unsuspecting bugger and put the money towards a decent ...
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Are small on-flash softboxes useful, or a gimmick?

As everyone else is saying, better than nothing, so not completely useless, but in no way to be confused with a proper large softbox. You'll still be better off taking the flash off-camera rather than ...
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What is the material the rods from a soft box are made of?

I'm not sure what the budget is for this DIY project, but you might try looking for fiberglass wiring fish rod kits in the electrical tools section of your nearest discount tools store, or a big-box ...
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What is the material the rods from a soft box are made of?

I have seen them made of fiberglass or aluminum . You could use old ( or new ) tent poles.
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What is the difference in light from an umbrella with and without a softbox cover?

It is impossible to give you an exact answer because there are too many variables involved: 1) power of your flash 2) size and shape of your umbrella 3) type of cover being used 4) the working ...
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Softboxes: How many heads?

First of all, buy a head with adjustable power! :-) Moving heads to control emitted light is usually a bad habit - the closer the soft-box, usually the better the result is! (You want to make the ...
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Light modifier compatibility with different brand speed ring?

Your Adorama monolight is designed for modifiers using a Bowens S mount, so the Bowens stripbox should work just fine. The Bowens mount has 3 tabs on the modifier that you twist to lock into place on ...
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What is the effect of relative size of light source vs diffusion on the quality of light?

Relative size (distance) is often correlated with diffusion/softness, as if the only thing you have to worry about/change is the distance of the light/modifier... which is wrong because distance ...
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How can I fix a broken CFL softbox part?

Its called a "star knob" fastener. These are readily available at hardware stores. As to the friction grip it attaches too -- Take the unit to a bicycle repair shop, they will likely have the parts ...
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How many lumens are required to achieve a pure white background in a 40cmx40cm softbox?

One of the best ways to force a background to record as a solid white is to use a translucent background like "milk glass" etc. You illuminate the background from behind and adjust the brightness of ...
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Why is only one of my two studio strobes firing?

If you are using external radio triggers to trip your studio lights, you need one radio receiver unit for each light--so for your setup, you would need two RFDD-4 receiver units and one transmitter. ...
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How powerful/what type of flash do I need for a softbox to photograph dogs with a Sony a900?

If a speedlight isn't enough, chances are good you'll have to move up to more expensive, bigger flashes, which in turn may require bigger, sturdier support gear and modifiers. Most folks would ...
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Ezybox hot shoe bracket

The Lastolite Ezybox hot shoe bracket is what you want. I can only find a kit on the Lastolite site, but I see that B&H has just the bracket.
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What size softbox works with a speedlight?

You need to know your flash. I'm making a generic answer to be usefull in all fhash models and brands. 1) The hotspot Grab a sheet of paper, with some grid on it, for example draw some lines every 5 ...
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What size softbox works with a speedlight?

You can use a small 9 inch softbox which fits on the flash head or you can also use spedlight diffusers. You can use your speedlight at full power inside a large softbox also, the only constraint in ...
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Which adapter do I need for a softbox and a speedlite?

Unfortunately, there really isn't one magic phrase you can google for that will conjure up a complete list of these things--the language changes a lot. But the words that will probably get you the ...
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Can a speedlight inside a softbox pick up another flash through the sensor?

Depending on the lines of sight, the distance, and the shape and material of the softbox, this can sometimes work. The diffusion material doesn't typically block a lot of IR. But, I'd really highly ...
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