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#1 Dominik Muench

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Posted 06 November 2005 - 04:48 AM

hi,

i have a questionr egarding reflected ligh, i know that when light is bounced in some white styro or something similar it gets softer. but how if i use big mirrors instead ? does that soften the light to a noticably degree as well ?
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#2 Stephen Williams

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Posted 06 November 2005 - 05:31 AM

hi,

i have a questionr egarding reflected ligh, i know that when light is bounced in some white styro or something similar it gets softer. but how if i use big mirrors instead ? does that soften the light to a noticably degree as well ?



Hi,

It depends on the mirror, if its very shiny then no, it just has the effect of making the light further away.
Soft mirrors on the other hand can make very beautiful broken softish highlights. I use them all the time to break up light.

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Posted 06 November 2005 - 07:33 AM

Hi,

It depends on the mirror, if its very shiny then no, it just has the effect of making the light further away.
Soft mirrors on the other hand can make very beautiful broken softish highlights. I use them all the time to break up light.

Stephen



yes i mean the shiny ones, like in a bathroom. hm thats interesting, i would have expected it to have a softening effect.
i have to give it a try next time.
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#4 Chris Keth

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Posted 06 November 2005 - 09:10 AM

yes i mean the shiny ones, like in a bathroom. hm thats interesting, i would have expected it to have a softening effect.
i have to give it a try next time.



The reason that bouncing light makes it softer is that, off of white or matte surfaces, it doesn't bounce exactly in a straight line on the angle of reflection. Some of the light is scattered off slightly and this scattered light fills in some of the shadow edges, making soft light. The larger the effective light source, the softer a quality of light it creates.
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Posted 06 November 2005 - 09:19 AM

Soft mirrors on the other hand can make very beautiful broken softish highlights. I use them all the time to break up light.
Stephen


Hi Stephen,

What do you mean by "soft mirrors"?

I always have trouble with bouncing light off mirrors, it always feels to direct...

James
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#6 Stephen Williams

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Posted 06 November 2005 - 09:43 AM

Hi Stephen,

What do you mean by "soft mirrors"?

I always have trouble with bouncing light off mirrors, it always feels to direct...

James



Hi,

Plastic mirrors or very old ones are interesting. If you look at a Rosco swatch I am sure you can find soft mirror or similar name.
A 2' square with a spot light, Dedo, 1k etc will give great highlights. You can allow these highlights to fall on a face, background wall or even with packshots. It gives life to sometimes over soft lighting.

Stephen
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#7 Luke Prendergast

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Posted 06 November 2005 - 04:03 PM

There is a fabric called 'Foil Jersey' that is very good for a soft mirror. Comes in silver and in gold.
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#8 Stephen Williams

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Posted 06 November 2005 - 04:20 PM

"soft mirrors"?



Hi,

Just had a look at http://www.rosco.com...ers/cinegel.asp

Roscoflex S & SS is what I was talking about. They also have one no. 273. Other manufactures have soft mirrors, there all slightly different and worth playing with! Adding some folds customises the effect.

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Posted 06 November 2005 - 07:49 PM

Just had a look at http://www.rosco.com...ers/cinegel.asp
Roscoflex S & SS is what I was talking about. They also have one no. 273. Other manufactures have soft mirrors, there all slightly different and worth playing with! Adding some folds customises the effect.
Stephen


Great, thanks Stephen, just got the Rosco catalouge sent..

James.
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