How many watts for which type of light modifier?

Started Sep 9, 2012 | Discussions thread
Klaus dk
Klaus dk Veteran Member • Posts: 5,204

I am an amateur (confessional, rather than prosumer) and my main interest is studio portraits. I have 5 300WS strobes, uses them in 15" beautydishes, 3'x4' softboxes and a 6' octabox, and hardly ever have them on more than half power. Usually I use a three ligth setup with maybe an extra gridded strobe to light the background.

Most of the lenses I use are sharpest between f/5.6 and f/8, and I never felt the need for more light. I use ISO 100 for starters, but will go to 320 if necessary.

What is far more important is the power range of the strobes. Mine can be dialed down 8 stops (to 1/128) and that is an unexpectedly usual feature.
Less is more

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