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    Using a speed light for backdrop lighting

    Using a speed light for backdrop lighting
    The rectangular pattern of a speedlight when used for a backdrop light doesn't look good, and the edges with the AD200 and a round reflector were too sharp. I got a 7" reflector with 20, 40 & 60 degree honeycomb grids to fit the Bowens type S mount. The V860ii was set to 24mm to avoid the rectangular shape. The light was up on a stand for these test shots about 8' from the backdrop.

    20 degree:

    Using a speed light for backdrop lighting-untitled-shoot-6622.jpg



    40 degree:

    Using a speed light for backdrop lighting-untitled-shoot-6623.jpg



    60 degree:

    Using a speed light for backdrop lighting-untitled-shoot-6624.jpg




    A board to set on the floor behind the subject:

    Using a speed light for backdrop lighting-untitled-shoot-6658.jpg

    Using a speed light for backdrop lighting-untitled-shoot-6664.jpg



    With 40 degree grid:

    Using a speed light for backdrop lighting-untitled-shoot-6640.jpg


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    AF-S 50mm f/1.8G; AF-S 85mm f/1.8G - Old non-AF; 105mm f/2.5; 28mm f/2.8 - Godox V860II & AD200



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    Re: Using a speed light for backdrop lighting

    How well dose it work as a separation light?

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    Re: Using a speed light for backdrop lighting

    That looks GREAT, Andy.

    Just out of curiosity, could you post a pic of the light pattern your speedlight gives? I'd be very curious to see the contrast. And if you have any modifiers that you attach, it would be neat to see what difference they make, if any.

    Either way, have fun with the new gear. That portrait really looks stunning!
    Fiat lux. Fiat vox.

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    Re: Using a speed light for backdrop lighting

    Quote Originally Posted by Needa View Post
    How well dose it work as a separation light?
    I haven't tried that yet.
    D810; D7200; AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8G ED; AF-S 24-120mm f/4G ED VR; Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 Sport; Sigma 2X Teleconverter;
    AF-S 50mm f/1.8G; AF-S 85mm f/1.8G - Old non-AF; 105mm f/2.5; 28mm f/2.8 - Godox V860II & AD200

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    Re: Using a speed light for backdrop lighting

    Using a speed light for backdrop lighting
    Quote Originally Posted by Dangerspouse View Post
    That looks GREAT, Andy.

    Just out of curiosity, could you post a pic of the light pattern your speedlight gives? I'd be very curious to see the contrast. And if you have any modifiers that you attach, it would be neat to see what difference they make, if any.

    Either way, have fun with the new gear. That portrait really looks stunning!
    Thanks! So far the only modifier for the speedlights is the 7" reflector and grids. Below are samples of the V860ii at 1/2 power taken about 8" from the backdrop.


    Speedlight set to 24mm

    Using a speed light for backdrop lighting-untitled-shoot-6669.jpg




    80mm

    Using a speed light for backdrop lighting-untitled-shoot-6670.jpg




    105mm

    Using a speed light for backdrop lighting-untitled-shoot-6671.jpg



    200mm

    Using a speed light for backdrop lighting-untitled-shoot-6672.jpg
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    AF-S 50mm f/1.8G; AF-S 85mm f/1.8G - Old non-AF; 105mm f/2.5; 28mm f/2.8 - Godox V860II & AD200

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    Re: Using a speed light for backdrop lighting

    Man, that really is some kinda different, isn't it. Pretty amazing. Hey Andy, thanks for doing that for me. It was very nice of you. Or maybe very evil of you, as I can't afford one but now I'm thinking about it....

    Seriously though, thanks very much

    edit: I assume you meant 8 feet, not 8 inches, right? Or were you shooting through a fish-eye?
    Last edited by Dangerspouse; 09-11-2019 at 01:33 AM.
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  7. #7
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    Re: Using a speed light for backdrop lighting

    That was a typo, should have been 8'.
    D810; D7200; AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8G ED; AF-S 24-120mm f/4G ED VR; Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 Sport; Sigma 2X Teleconverter;
    AF-S 50mm f/1.8G; AF-S 85mm f/1.8G - Old non-AF; 105mm f/2.5; 28mm f/2.8 - Godox V860II & AD200

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    Re: Using a speed light for backdrop lighting

    Quote Originally Posted by Andy W View Post
    That was a typo, should have been 8'.
    I knew that (looking at the embedded data). I just couldn't resist having a little fun
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