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#1 Lorenzo Levrini

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Posted 23 April 2010 - 11:50 AM

I am building some homemade lighting accessories and came upon roughly 3'x3' of what I am pretty sure is satin (white, thin, shiny). I threw it up in front of a parcan and it seems to be a fairly nice diffusion, but I'm not sure whether it's something worth stretching on a frame, which is something I've had my painter friend do for me before.

So has anyone ever used satin for diffusion, and if they have, what's it like?

Thanks!
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#2 David Ross

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Posted 08 May 2010 - 08:55 PM

I am building some homemade lighting accessories and came upon roughly 3'x3' of what I am pretty sure is satin (white, thin, shiny). I threw it up in front of a parcan and it seems to be a fairly nice diffusion, but I'm not sure whether it's something worth stretching on a frame, which is something I've had my painter friend do for me before.

So has anyone ever used satin for diffusion, and if they have, what's it like?

Thanks!


I have put all kind of things in front of lights. As long as you keep a safe distance away from the light. There are no rules when it comes to being creative. I once saw a DP use white sheets to diffuse some 40" x 40 " reflectors for an outdoor scene. The shot was stunning and the sheets cost around $10. Diffuse away!
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Posted 26 May 2010 - 08:17 AM

I agree with David, as long as you keep it safe. I made a home made frame out of a PVC pipe then placed velcro strips over it. I then had a tailor sew velcro strips on the edges of a satin silk, then stretched it over the frame. It doesn't look "pro" but it works fine. Portable and handy on no/low-budget shoots. doubles as a butterfly for the outdoors. :)
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