Increasing Flash/Strobe Output without Increasing Power

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jlafferty Contributing Member • Posts: 739
Re: Increasing Flash/Strobe Output without Increasing Power

You’re also mistaken that a fresnel “increases strobe output”. It doesn’t, and once you test it should be obvious why - you’re putting a piece of glass over the head, and thus reducing output by forcing the light to pass through a medium.

The most effective way to "increase" light output using a modifier is to use a long throw, high key silver reflector. The Glow Magnum is a decent option if you’re looking to use with a Bowen’s mount strobe. There are similar reflectors made by several lighting manufacturers.

FWIW I think of the Magnum as having the optimal output for my strobes, and all other modifiers I think of as relative to that ceiling      In other words all modifiers can be thought of decreasing optimal output to some degree, with bare bulb being toward the less/least efficient end of the spectrum; then softboxes with double diffusion, and so on.

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