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My New Favorite Light Modifier - The Rotalux 27" Deep Octa

Wow, has it been so long since I last posted a blog entry?  Yes, it sure has.  Got kind of busy during the last part of 2015!  Anyway, I've been shooting regularly in the studio.  And to no surprise my favorite light modifier has been my Elinchrom Rotalux Softbox Deep Octa 70.  For those of us that are metric challenged, that's 27.5".

I've found over the last few months this modifier suits my style of shooting and the image look that I want.  I normally shoot to a 4x3 crop, mid distant portraits and head shots.  This is what most of my client's want and what I tend to do for personal projects.  The light modifier is perfect for this look.  The modifier mounts easily and smoothly on all of my Elinchrom studio strobes.  I also purchased an adapter ring so it works on my Paul C Buff Einstein lights as well for added flexibility.  The size makes it easier to mount by myself and it's super light weight.  This allows me additional flexibility to mount the light / modifier on lighter weight stands.  Basically, I don't have to use a C-Stand if I don't want to.

Over the past few months I've use the modifier primarily in the following setup.  I use the internal translucent white reflector (occasionally without for more punch), and both the internal and external white diffuser.  I have my model normally stand about 8-10 feet away from my background and put the light either on axis to the camera or 45/45 camera right.  The front of the Octa is traditionally 4-5 feet away from my model.  The hotspot of the light is normally aimed at my model's chin.  The location is simply personal preference.  

My camera settings are the same as you've come to expect.  I start at f/9, ISO 160, 1/160, Flash white balance, & M Mode.  I adjust my exposure compensation regularly but rarely change the camera settings.  I also will use a large white bounce board or mounted reflector if I want to fill a few shadows.  Almost always a 1-light setup is used.

What's next you ask?  I might try the Elinchrom Rotalux Deep Octa 100 as a comparison.  

A few shots from a couple of model shoots last month.

Model Kat Scott, photographed with B&W in mind.  Light was on axis with the camera.

Model Kat Scott, photographed with B&W in mind.  Light was on axis with the camera.

Model Emily Gregory with the light 45/45 camera right.

Model Emily Gregory with the light 45/45 camera right.

Model Emily Gregory with the light on axis with my camera

Model Emily Gregory with the light on axis with my camera

Model Photography Post Processing - General Thoughts

27" Elinchrom Rotalux Deep Octa Test

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