I want to try some experiments in "portable diffusion", but I need some basic materials.
What's the front of a softbox made from - the actual diffusion material?
Can the material be purchased easily? If it's not readily available, is there a gel equivalent?
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08-18-2004 07:43 AM
08-18-2004 07:53 AM
Well, as far as from a fabric store...there are things that are similar to the diffusion on the front of a softbox, but they don't have the heat tollerance required to resist bursting into flames.
You could try using a silk out of an open ended flag, or from a butterfly...but they're not very heat resistant either.
Gel equivilants are widely available, but not as quiet. 215, opal, frosts, etc. A gel book from Lee or Tiffen will have several varieties of diffusion for you to look at.
It'd be nice to know if there's a supplier out there who does sell the material used in the front of the softbox, but I don't know of one personally.
08-18-2004 10:26 AM
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Don't know where you can buy the stuff, but you can always use a white bed sheet.
08-18-2004 10:29 AM
.. lightly frosted clear acrylic shower curtians work pretty well too. but they dont like hot lights too close either.
lightly frosted pastry will be good on the set as well.
08-18-2004 10:31 AM
No, for my experiments I need the real thing, or as close to it as possible. What goes on a butterfly? Same thing?
08-18-2004 10:38 AM
..just take the pastery man.
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home;jsessionid=BjTBJu6H1S!41151477?ci=1&sb=ps &pn=1&sq=desc&InitialSearch=yes&O= SearchBar&A=search&Q=*&shs=butterfly
08-18-2004 11:19 AM
Most butterflys use silks though, still too lightweight to withstand a softbox.
It's the look you want, but not the durability you're going to need to use it in a softbox, and the light doesn't stay that soft after the front of the softbox bursts into flames.
08-18-2004 07:51 PM
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You should look into stuff called "tough spun" - We used it alot in lighting class - just use some C47's on the barndoors and its almost just as good as a softbox.Michael Capulli
ZoomforceGuest08-18-2004 08:02 PM
yeah you can get a rosco gel book for free from almost anywhere and they have various grades of spun, criss cross and opal in there, and its only about 10 bucks a sheet, should do you well.
08-18-2004 08:43 PM
Yahoo, $5.50 for 20 x 24" sheet color or diffusion at B&H, although I couldn't find the free gel book from either B&H or Rosco. Fifteen to choose from:
3000 - Tough Rolux, 3006 - Tough Spun, 3007 - LT. Tough Spun, 3022 - Tough Spun, 3008 - Tough Frost, 3009 - LT. Tough Frost, 3010 - Opal Tough Frost, 3020 - LT. Opal Tough Frost, 3011 - Tough Silk, 3015 - LT. Tough Silk, 3026 - Tough White Diffusion, 3027 - Tough White Diffusion, 3028 - Tough White Diffusion, 3001 - LT. Tough Rolux & 3040 - Powder Frost
But isn't "Tough Silk" a contradiction in terms? ;D