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#1 justshootit

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Posted 10 September 2019 - 09:49 PM

Been thinking of something bigger than speedlights for outdoor portraits. Some articles say use HSS while others say regular strobes (like White Lightnings or Einsteins) and ND filters. What have you used that has worked well for you??
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Posted 11 September 2019 - 01:26 AM

Godox Flashpoint 600 TTL for Nikon.

 

Killer light! Lots of horsepower.  Love their studio lights.  It has worked phenomenally for me.  I have made a number of posts on PN with the results.


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Posted 11 September 2019 - 10:42 AM

Don, I'm using a pair of Godox SK-300 strobes with soft-boxes, almost exclusively for Project 52 studio assignments.  While those assignments push my creativity boundaries, I can add up the number of "portrait" assignments on one hand.

 

I'm not sure what I would recommend for outdoor portraits.  For Project 52 assignments that have been outdoors, I've used ambient light and reflector cards; or a 5-in-1 diffuser.  Of course, if you use a strobe outdoors, then you have to consider a power source for it.  At that point, it all comes down to how much gear you want to lug around.  :)


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Posted 11 September 2019 - 12:37 PM

I use Einsteins with their power pack outdoors. I have the remote bits using pock wizard. I built this a while ago, hence the pocket wizard. The Einsteins is great and has the HSS. If I have to do it today, I might go with the godex clones (ad600) of the prophoto B1's. See here for a comparision; https://petapixel.co...100-profoto-b1/

 

You should go wireless, you don't want wires outside. I use the Paull buff vagabond power pack, and attach it to the light stand for added weight. I control the power from the camera, just like using Nikon speedlights. I went with this strobe as it cost less to buy multiple speedlight for one light source, think over powering the sun. I have a second alienbees 800 if I need a second light, also powered with the same vagabond. 


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Posted 12 September 2019 - 04:13 PM

I use the Sun  :D


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Posted 12 September 2019 - 09:26 PM

I use the Sun  :D

 

Interesting point, that...  With overhead sun at 2:00PM, my subjects get raccoon eyes unless I use an eye-level (roughly) light source.  Do you use a reflector to overcome this?  How about an overhead scrim?  I saw a Lindsay Adler video that promoted the use of a 72" shoot-thru umbrella as a scrim.


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Posted 12 September 2019 - 09:31 PM

I use Einsteins with their power pack outdoors. I have the remote bits using pock wizard. I built this a while ago, hence the pocket wizard. The Einsteins is great and has the HSS. If I have to do it today, I might go with the godex clones (ad600) of the prophoto B1's. See here for a comparision; https://petapixel.co...100-profoto-b1/

 

You should go wireless, you don't want wires outside. I use the Paull buff vagabond power pack, and attach it to the light stand for added weight. I control the power from the camera, just like using Nikon speedlights. I went with this strobe as it cost less to buy multiple speedlight for one light source, think over powering the sun. I have a second alienbees 800 if I need a second light, also powered with the same vagabond. 

 

I seriously like the Einsteins and the White Lightnings (the Alien Bees have too many horror stories about frying themselves).  However, I was under the impression that HSS was not available on these.  The Einsteins have the fast flash duration mode, but I was not aware of HSS.  I want to shoot between f/1.8 and f/3.2 in midday sun at 1/1250th sec to 1/4000th sec and not get banding from the shutter curtains.  Without HSS, the best way to do this is to use a 5 or 6-stop ND filter to bring the shutter speed down to 1/200 or slower, but then you use more strobe power and have a harder time focusing (though I could use live-view for the focusing part).  Thoughts???


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Posted 13 September 2019 - 10:38 AM

Since I'm using pocket wizard, I use the "hypersync". Not easy to set up.

 

If you want HSS without ND for Nikon, then go with the AD600/B1. As I mentioned, if I was doing it today, I would go with that. I believe, now, there is a lot of folks using the AD600 over the B1 due to cost and getting great results. The comments about color shift isn't a real issue as you can shoot in raw. I also have the xrite color checker passport when I need to make sure the color is right.


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Posted 13 September 2019 - 05:06 PM

 

Interesting point, that...  With overhead sun at 2:00PM, my subjects get raccoon eyes unless I use an eye-level (roughly) light source.  Do you use a reflector to overcome this?  How about an overhead scrim?  I saw a Lindsay Adler video that promoted the use of a 72" shoot-thru umbrella as a scrim.

I'm just a complete minimalist, I use natural sun to my advantage when I'm able to do so


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