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Old Dec 5, 2010, 11:04 PM   #1
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which would be better to soften the light for portraits and things like that i recentally picked up a sb600 and wireless recviers so what would be the next best buy
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Old Dec 6, 2010, 8:08 PM   #2
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There are likely many opinions on this.
Mine is : to get the best bang for the buck - For the SB600 I'd go with a shoot through umbrella.
Most softboxes that fit over flashes tend to be too small to really do a decent job (there are quite a few out there - but watch the size - they cover a limited area). And if you get a really large one - the SB600 won't do it justice.
If you get a shoot through umbrella - you will get a nice softbox effect for a good price. You can get a good shoot through umbrella for like $20, and then buy a stand and an adapter for the umbrella and you are in business (once you have your wireless issue resolved of course).
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Old Dec 6, 2010, 10:07 PM   #3
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i was looking at a 24" softbox and stand but umbrellas seems like the cheaper setup do both these setups do like the same effect to the light and i got a wireless reciver and flash trigger already
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Both are soft lighting. The 24" softbox will be a little more directed and likely better for portrait shots of faces and smaller items. The umbrella will provide a bit more dispersion of light for a full body shot or larger items.
One comparison video of a small softbox on a flash, with a shoot-through umbrella (and some other modifiers from interfit) is here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibCYozFz4fs
Note if you watch the above the photographer seems to draw conclusions from his one setup - a lot depends on how close/far the flash is - so results of the examples shown will vary depending upon distance/subject/ambient-light-in-room/etc.

The other thing you might consider is buying is a small diffusion dome for the SB-600 for when you are just walking around with the flash on your camera and want to soften the light a bit. The Sto-Fen Omni-bounce is one such example that you can get for about $10 (Be sure to get the one made for the SB-600.). This small investiment will go along way for times when you don't want to set up a stand.
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Thanks for the advice im prob gonna go with the shoot through cause I like doing portraits but I also like shooting sections of cars which the umbrella should diffuse the light big enough to do that
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I ended up getting a couple of these http://www.adorama.com/WE43CUFK.html that I use with my SB600s and triggers. What I liked were 1) reversible, 2) height, and 3) 43" umbrella. While some may be cheaper, they either had smaller 32" umbrella, or 6' stands.
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