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| p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Anyone use the Bees' Long Throw Reflector for Basketball? |
I use both the standard reflectors and the sports reflectors.
Let me first talk about the sports reflectors. These are designed for directed firing in a arena or stadium. Lets say your strobes are in the catwalks a good 100 to 150+ feet up. The ideal placement would be pointing down one at each corner of the basketball court (6 strobes is better with two strobes at mid court). The Sports reflectors narrow the beam and focus it. So, by the time your light reaches the court, if pointed correctly, should cover the sideline to the middle giving you even light from sideline to sideline. It is not always possible to place your strobes like this, but even if you are off to the side some, pointing your strobes should be relatively easy.
The smaller standard reflector has a wider throw and from the catwalks of an arena, the spread would be way too much and you would not have enough light reaching the court to work well.
Now, in a high school gym, direct strobing with the sports reflectors may not be the best idea. The beam may be too focused and would act more like a spotlight. If you could place your strobes 100 feet away, then it would be great. Bouncing the strobes with the sports reflectors can work, or it may not. It is a lot of trial and error. If you dial it in right, sports reflectors can give you wonderful light bounced, but not dialed in can give you bad light fall.
Standard reflectors work well direct, and if your gym is small and white, bouncing these reflectors is great. Mount them as high as possible point them towards the ceiling above the center of the top of the 3 point arc, and tweak as needed.
I shot in a small white gym last night and used the standard reflectors but could not get them placed where I wanted them. I was hoping to have them at the top of the bleachers pointed down direct firing them, but the conduit I wanted to use was not strong enough for my super clamp, so i had to come down the bleachers about half, and the bleachers on the other side were not pulled out at all, so I clamped my strobe as high as possible and bounced. I got ok results, but I would have rather had the sports reflectors because bouncing with the standard reflectors from how low they were mounted the entire gym was lit, and my ISO was not as low as I would have liked.