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etchen
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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Strobe and Speedlight Setup


Does anyone use 1 strobe and a speedlight as fill at the same time? ie, 1 strobe and softbox and a speedlight and softbox.

If so, how do you like it and do you find any color differences?

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Mar 04, 2013 at 12:04 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Strobe and Speedlight Setup


Differences in color temperature would depend on which strobe, speedlight, and softboxes are being used. Particularly in the cases of the softboxes, different brands -- especially the less expensive ones -- can have color differences due to the fabric used for the diffusion panels.

For the strobes, some models will have significant color changes at different power levels, while others -- along with speedlights -- are more constant in color due to using full voltage that is time-quenched rather than variable voltage to control exposure levels.



Mar 04, 2013 at 12:40 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Strobe and Speedlight Setup


Because of the variables mentioned by Brian, you may want to keep gels or other color-correcting materials on hand. The fill function is particularly noticeable when its color is out of whack versus the key. For rim, hair or b/g purposes, color imbalance is much less an issue - unless the application is particularly technical.


Mar 04, 2013 at 03:04 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Strobe and Speedlight Setup


I have before, but only after gelling both lights to make sure they were the same temp.


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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Strobe and Speedlight Setup


okay, thanks guys for the input. guess I'll just test to see if it works out or not.
if not, I'll just use a reflector for fill light instead.



Mar 06, 2013 at 03:19 AM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Strobe and Speedlight Setup


Gelling two different-colored lights with the same gel produces two gelled lights with different colors.

I've used speedlights with monolights on a number of occasions, including at weddings and in doing portraits. In portraits, I'm usually using the speedlight as a hair light or kicker, or possibly as a background light. I've never had a problem with noticeable color differences. I haven't tried using a monolight as key and the speedlight as fill (or vice versa), where a color difference might be more noticeable.



Mar 13, 2013 at 05:42 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Strobe and Speedlight Setup


^^^ what he said


Mar 31, 2013 at 09:17 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Strobe and Speedlight Setup


For me, I've done something "similar", and I've also mixed/matched brands of flashes and strobes.

The differences weren't enough for me to care, and I could get the color "close" enough. I'm not as picky as someone like Lee Varris (I think is how you spell it) who wrote Skin

If I'm mixing/matching, I just make sure to take a gray card reading from the final set up. Then again, I'm not entirely convinced my lastolite ez-balance is completely accurate either lol.



Apr 01, 2013 at 12:46 AM





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