Light Modifiers Can Make a Big Difference

It seems like Friday the 134th is on a Thursday this month….

dyna.brellaLight has many characteristics including quantity, color, direction and quality and while a monolight like Dynalite’s battery-powered Baja B4 can affect many of these factors, quality is most affected by the choice of modifiers.

The Dynalite Baja B4 is a 400 Ws strobe that can be taken on-location with no cables for the subject or you (it happens to me) to trip over. The B4 uses a rechargeable Li-ion battery that provides up to 550 full-power flashes on a single charge with a recycle time of about 3.7 seconds. dyna.pinkYou can adjust the power in 1/10-stop increments through a six-stop power range.

When I was shooting I also had access to Dynalite’s 48-inch Quad Square Black/Silver umbrella that produces soft light with high reflectivity and minimal specularity for manageable contrast. Its square shape gives it a degree of directionality rarely found in standard umbrellas and when feathering, it produces a cleaner cut of light output. After use the umbrella folds into a compact, less than one-pound package.

Image was made with a Panasonic Lumix GH4 and Olympus 45mm f/1.8 lens with an exposure of 1/160 sec at f/9 and ISO 200. Background is Blush Colorsmack from Silverlake Photo.

Author: Joe Farace

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