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"Just curious, are you using the stands the come with the RP's that hold the flash and RP?"
"Can you tell me which softboxes you're using most for your 580 EX II's?"
Below are two photos of my setups. For additional light I sometimes use two flash units in a single Q39 12x16 softbox. No need for huge light modifiers outdoors - you just need to get a tiny amount more light on the subject than the ambient light already provides. So there is no harsh light falloff at all in these images like there would be in an indoor setup. Small is good - lightweight, less cumbersome, and it never blows over, precluding the need for sandbags, stakes or a human assistant.
I have two of these two-light rigs, plus a single 580 without any modifiers that I use as a kicker light (light modifiers do not appreciably change the kicker effect outdoors).
You will see on the two-ligh setup that I do use the RadioPopper plastic foot, but I don't actually mount the foot to the stand in the usual way. I broke three of them learning that plastic is not a good material for everyday use (and have made requests for an aluminum option). The flash heads are velcroed together and 'pinched' between two aluminum bars mounted to the flash ring. This is much more sturdy, and allows the heads to be rotated easily to make adjustments to the flash or RP unit. This is a DYI setup that you can do with a hardware store, a hacksaw and drill and about $10.
"I do not like the eye enhancement where you have noticeably increased brightness of the sclera (to the point of almost uniform whiteness) and saturation of the iris."
I confess to bending to commercial interests, here - my clients love this look. It's not obvious at all in a large portrait, where the effect is more subtle than these oversharpened Web images. As I've said before, beauty is in the eye of the checkbook holder. ;-)
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