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#1 Edward Lawrence Conley III

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Posted 12 July 2016 - 12:47 PM

How much do think the diffusion in front of the Para 177 is defeating the whole idea/reason of the Para Reflector ?

 

 

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#2 Mark Kenfield

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Posted 12 July 2016 - 01:19 PM

Depends on the density of the diffusion really, if it's taking all of the shape out of the beam, then they're spending WAY too much on hiring a soft light. If it's a lighter grade of fabric that still lets some shape through, but just takes the edge off the shadows, then that would seem a valid choice.


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#3 Stuart Brereton

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Posted 12 July 2016 - 01:56 PM

Maybe they just needed another soft source, and the Para 177 was closest to hand.


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#4 andrew ward

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Posted 13 July 2016 - 04:24 AM

Thats what always happens.
All DPs say "soften" when they mean "dim" these days. Its so stupid.
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#5 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 13 July 2016 - 06:31 AM

Maybe they just needed another soft source, and the Para 177 was closest to hand.

 

This is so often the case.

 

"You idiot! Why are you using [device] to perform [task] with such inordinate inefficiency?!"

 

"Because we have one."

 

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#6 Stuart Brereton

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Posted 13 July 2016 - 09:41 AM

Once the light is going through a frame, it really doesn't matter what unit it came from. Using the Para might be hugely inefficient, but if it happens to be there, and it achieves what you want, then why not? People do bookights all the time too, despite them being a massive waste of energy.

 

If it's getting used that way all the time, then it's a different story


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#7 Jean G

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Posted 13 July 2016 - 05:04 PM

This is a photoshoot guys. I see a mix of Profoto and Broncolor. Probably just what the studio had available. Looking at the Para they spotted it all the way in through what I think is full grid cloth.


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