"Medium Studio Reflector" when using flashbulbs, what?

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by Shootar401, Aug 6, 2013.

  1. Shootar401

    Shootar401 Member

    Feb 25, 2012
    New York
    Large Format
    I'm slowly migrating away from my Profoto strobes and am starting to shoot more work using flashbulbs. I bought 5 cases of bulbs that need, or recommend to be used in a "medium studio reflector" I assume these are not the standard 5" and 7" reflectors that are normally found.

    Does anybody have a photo of one, or know if there is a modern equivalent?

  2. Mike Wilde

    Mike Wilde Member

    Aug 10, 2006
    Multi Format
    I have done an impromtu light modifer once using my speedotron blackline 7" specilar reflector, with the flash bulb in a folding fan flash bulb holder that did not have th fan unfurled.

    Down side was the challenge of mounting it. I gaff taped the reflector it to a boom arm to manouver the thing, and laos taped a cold shoe off camera flash bracket to support the folding fan flash holder.

    The shot looked pretty good.. Kind of half way between profoto/speedo flash with bare bulb and with specular reflector.

    Used a hand held folding fabric diffuse silver panel held by an assistant to provide the fill lighting, just out of image range.

    Shot was for a portrait in an old flour mill that had no power, and I had no urge to haul a generator for the freebe shoot.

    Lugging the boom stand was pain enough. The room needed the power that flash bulbs, a sitter that stayed still and a 1/30" shutter speed to fill the room with just the right amount for the passive the background lighting.

    The room was big enough my 4-aa on camera, or even the Metz CT60 was not quite up to the task. One M3 bulb sure was though.

    Used flash bulb
  3. Mr Bill

    Mr Bill Member

    Aug 22, 2006
    Multi Format
    I don't know that there are any formal definitions, but I think it would be reasonable to call a 10 to 11 inch diameter satin-finish reflector a medium-size studio reflector.

    The sort of reflector you'd use on a flashgun generally has a polished interior - without this, you wouldn't be able to focus the light for use at longer distances. In a studio, you're generally working at fairly close distances, so this is not too important. A satin finish gives a little softer light source. You can probably get one for your Profoto gear and modify it, if you think it's worth it.

    I grew up with flashbulbs, even used two flashguns on rare occasions. But I wouldn't go back to 'em without good reason. (I guess that showing people it can be done would be good reason, but a couple of 12-packs would be enough for me.) Good luck in your endeavors.