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Old March 9th, 2007, 07:54 PM   #1
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Okay, I'm currently using a Tota Light and Photoflex Softbox for my key light for interviews. I've run across a couple of situations where I need to gel the light to match daylight. So here's my question, are there any drawbacks to putting the gel inside the softbox right in front of the Tota, or should I get a bigger gel, cut it to size and place it between the front of the softbox and the eggcrate? I don't think heat should be an issue with the Bogen 12x12 gels I have now - they are advertised as compatible with hot lights - and if I open the top and bottom vents on the softbox to let the air flow...

Anyway, what are some thoughts and opinions? Any and all appreciated...

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Old March 10th, 2007, 04:26 AM   #2
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Kevin, A Tota light in a softbox! Sounds like a fire risk to me. Are you sure that's safe?

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Old March 10th, 2007, 09:16 AM   #3
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I have used both methods and they both can be sound.
Most gels will lose some of their color the closer and longer they are next to the light. As it ages its color correction will change so it would last longer if you put it in front of the softbox instead of the light.
If you put it between the light and the softbox make sure the gel has enough space to dissipate the heat from the light or it will be damaged rather quickly. I usually use this method when I don't have a piece of gel big enough to go over the softbox.
The Tota light and barndoors doesn't have very much depth so it is very difficult to put gels on it without burning them unless you can attach the gel to the inside of the softbox
As for the fire hazard this depends on the quality of the softbox and proper operation of the light. Make sure you open the Tota's barn doors to full wide or you can melt them. If the metal doors melt imagine what the light can do to a gel.
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Old March 10th, 2007, 12:23 PM   #4
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Liam, the softbox setup that I have is made for a Tota by Photoflex, so no worries, but thanks for your concern. The trick is to keep the little flaps open on the softbox so the air will circulate.

Daniel, thanks for the advice. I guess I hadn't thought through how I would attach the gel inside the softbox. I know that the Tota get pretty hot, usually hotter than my other lights. It's always the last one I turn on, first one I turn off, and last one I pack up because of this. But it does sound like getting some gels to fit on the outside of the softbox is the better way to go.

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Old March 11th, 2007, 07:22 AM   #5
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Okay, I'm currently using a Tota Light and Photoflex Softbox for my key light for interviews. I've run across a couple of situations where I need to gel the light to match daylight. So here's my question, are there any drawbacks to putting the gel inside the softbox right in front of the Tota, or should I get a bigger gel, cut it to size and place it between the front of the softbox and the eggcrate? I don't think heat should be an issue with the Bogen 12x12 gels I have now - they are advertised as compatible with hot lights - and if I open the top and bottom vents on the softbox to let the air flow...

Anyway, what are some thoughts and opinions? Any and all appreciated...

Thanks,
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Place the gel on the outside of the softbox for two reasons. The barndoors on the Tota are not long enough to place the gel at a safe distance from the bulb, the gel will melt or burn. Check with Lowel for safety issues. Lowel makes a collapsible gel frame that fits on the accessories mount of the light, the frame sits several inches from the bulb and it allows a lot of air space all around. You could mount this frame inside the softbox but this will give you problem #2, because thereís a lot of open space between the gel and the light some light will go thru the gel and some will scatter around the box mixing the color temperatures and reducing the effectiveness of the gel. I have precut pieces of gels for different purposes to fit on the outside of all the softboxes that I use, one piece will last you years. If you use a grid that Velcro on the inside lip of the softbox just cut it to the size of the screen and slip it under the grid, the grid will hold it in place. If you donít use a grid cut the gel a few inches longer so it can be attached with clothes pins to the box.

The last problem of course is that the blue gel will eat-up so much light that the light most likely will not be bright enough to compensate for daylight.
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Old March 11th, 2007, 11:27 PM   #6
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Thanks for the advice Nino, I always value your input. I usually use a 500w bulb in the Tota, but I carry a 750w with me also. I was thinking that if I had to ad the gel I'd swap out the bulb too. I've not had to compete directly with sunlight yet, or try to use the Tota as a key light outside, I don't think that would work at all. I just seem to run into a situation here and there where there are some stray rays that I can't completely get rid of. One one of my other threads (Feedback on Interview Lighting) there was the Phyllis shot. The shot was done inside, venetian blinds closed, and I didn't have quite enough flag material to compensate. So it's situations like that where I am thinking of with gelling my key light.

I do use the velcro grid, so I will be using it to hold the gel in place. I've read the page associated with your link several times. I just wish that your place holder banners for sponsors were being utilized.

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Old March 12th, 2007, 11:05 PM   #7
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For Chimera softboxes they make a diffusionn that's ctb. Photoflex may have a similar product.
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Old March 13th, 2007, 01:47 AM   #8
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thanks for the tip, Charles. I looked around at B&H and then at Photoflex's site, but no luck. That would've been too easy...
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Old March 14th, 2007, 02:27 PM   #9
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Just to drive home Nino's comment about light loss through CTB, remember that full CTB is nearly 2 full stops of light loss (not quite, but close enough). That means that in order to get the same level as your 500w bulb, you would need a 2000w bulb through full CTB.
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Old March 14th, 2007, 04:11 PM   #10
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Thanks for the clarification Ralph. After I get the gels, I'll have to do some test before I go out in the field. I've had a pretty good distance between the key and the subject in the past, I'll have to see if I can compensate with moving the light closer and switching to the 750 bulb. But it is definitely something to consider.

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Old March 14th, 2007, 07:12 PM   #11
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from the pure law of physics, the color conversion and loss of intensity through a ctb must be the same no matter at what distance you put it, I'd rather put it further away from the lamp. You'd have to use a few square inches more in the first place, but then you won't have to replace it every few hours...
Outside the softbox the ctb gel should be lasting hundreds of hours (when it doesn't get hot)

Oh, and maybe a 1/2 or 3/4 ctb could be enough for the color conversion you need, and they don't eat as much light.
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