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#1 Marcus Lindstrom

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Posted 18 March 2014 - 06:36 PM

I got a project coming up and I plan on getting a big 2x2m (6'6''x6'6'') diffuser to control direct sunlight on talents.

 

My problem is that I got two choices of fabric… 1.25 stop or 0.75 stop. I understand that only one won't work for all jobs but what do you guys think would be a good start? Pros and cons?

 

 

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#2 Toby Orzano

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Posted 18 March 2014 - 07:31 PM

You're right, one won't work for every situation.

 

When you say "getting," do you mean buying or renting? Rags are super cheap to rent, so rent a few different selections if you can. I suppose how easily available and how many options you have will depend on where you are located.

 

If you have to buy just one, the .5 stop difference between 1.25 and .75 isn't going to make or break the shoot. What time of day are you shooting? What kind of climate do you live in—can you expect a lot of harsh sun or is it often overcast? Are you going to be under partial shade or out in the open? Do you have reflectors or HMIs (and a way to power them outdoors)? If you're going to be under hard midday sun and you have tools to create some controlled light on the subjects, go with denser diffusion.

 

Regardless, make sure you have adequate gear to safely fly a frame above talents' heads outdoors. Use combi stands with at least two sandbags per stand and be prepared to tie the frame off if there is any wind. One gust is all it takes.


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#3 Mark Kenfield

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Posted 18 March 2014 - 09:32 PM

I assume you're looking at the Lastolite Skylite Rapid system? I'm pretty intrigued by it myself, but haven't had a chance to compare the quality of diffusion offered by the two options they have.

 

However for direct sunlight, I quite often use artificial silk, which has about 1.5 stops of light loss, and I think much less than that could be problematic for direct sun if it doesn't spread the light out enough. So I'd probably go for the 1.25 stop version for that reason.


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