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Dylan Hargreaves
Dimming a softbox
on Dec 29, 2012 at 12:26:05 pm

Hey folks,

I have a Photoflex Starlite softbox which is proving next to useless for 99% of the time I need it due it simply being too powerful.

What solutions are there to dim one of these softboxes without causing the colour temperature to drop?

Thanks in advance!

D


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Rick Wise
Re: Dimming a softbox
on Dec 29, 2012 at 7:35:29 pm

I'm not sure what kind of lamp housing you are using with your soft box. Solutions: lamp with smaller (less wattage) lamp(s); add wire scrims in front of the bulb housing if possible; add ND sheets to the front of the unit.

Rick Wise
Cinematographer
San Francisco Bay Area
http://www.RickWiseDP.com


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Todd Terry
Re: Dimming a softbox
on Dec 29, 2012 at 7:53:04 pm

All of Rick's suggestions are good ones.

The easiest would be to use a different lamp. I wouldn't use the "real" Starlite globe. If I recall they are 500w or 1000w clear glass bare bulbs. I believe they have a regular Edison screw-in base so it would be super easy to put a lower-wattage tungsten or CFL lamp in it.

T2

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Dylan Hargreaves
Re: Dimming a softbox
on Dec 30, 2012 at 2:02:45 pm

Thanks both!


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Mark Suszko
Re: Dimming a softbox
on Dec 31, 2012 at 8:55:03 pm

And if you don't have any of those, there's always the square-cubed law.... though, the farther back you pull it, the more chances you need extra flagging to hold back any spill.


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