My new lumiquest iii softbox arrived in the post this morning, and this is it attached to my speedlight 580 exii. I was a little uneasy about the installation as it involved sticking the supplied Velcro to the speedlight. I decided to go ahead and positioned the Velcro far enough back on the head so as not to inhibit the use of my sto-fen diffuser.
I haven't had a chance yet to shoot with it properly but i did a few test shots with my youngest son and the results looked very pleasing so i look forward to taking a few shots to show you in the near future. I quickly set up old black curtain on the floor draped over a radiator to give this black background, not ideal but you have to work with what you have. Used the built in flash dialled right down to just produce some minimal lighting also used a hotshoe diffuser which i have found helps greatly.
This afternoon i found myself in Hobbycraft of all places and purchased some black paper on a roll to use as a backdrop for future shots. I also found some self adhesive Velcro and black foam sheets in A4 and A5 size so i aim to make my own snoots and gobos.
Hope to be able to take some shots with this flash modifier and my home made snoots and gobos, when i get a chance to make them so please check back regularly to see my pictures, as usual feel free to comment or if you have any questions i will try and answer or at least point you in the right direction.
I would also like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy New Year ;-)
Ok top tip just ordered a lumiquest ultra strap from Jack the hat this stops you having to stick velcro to your flash head, its universal so will work with any flash.
Really wish i found this out first lol, hope it helps someone :-)
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