UPDATE January 28 2018
The client’s use of my publicity work for bus banners. The Cheetahstand Quick Lantern and Quick Strip Box were two of the three modifiers I used for this campaign.
UPDATE December 21 2017
I conducted a dance session using both the Quick Strip Box and Lantern. Below is one of the images I created using just the Lantern with my DIY skirt to control spill.
UPDATE December 9 2017
I recently used a Quick Strip box combined with other modifiers for a studio session. The unit is both quick to set up and provides an excellent quality of light.
UPDATE October 20 2017
My client has incorporated some of my publicity imagery into their marketing campaign.
I HATE putting together softboxes, always have. And the worst are strip boxes! Wrestling with those damn rods drives me crazy. So when I heard about Edward’s “Quick” softboxes I thought “Oh sure, just another cheap gimmick from someone….” And boy was I wrong! When I received two of his Cheetah 12″x55″ Quick StripBoxes I was blown away at the design of how they go together. By literally pushing down on a central collar the box is all done! And using Velcro to attach the inner baffle is genius rather than those silly little baby snaps! I leave two of the Velcro tabs attached to the inner baffle and simply fold up the strip box once I’m done. It’s as easy as an umbrella. Oh and the quality of light it produces is excellent. And unlike so many other manufacturers he supplies a quality grid with his units. What’s not to like?
Then there’s his Cheetah 26″ Quick Lantern. I have always used an overhead light for almost all of my dance/portrait imagery. But I was never quite pleased using a strip box, a Fresnel or an umbrella. I often have limited ceiling space so the modifiers I was formerly using made my space too low for dancer’s jumping or they didn’t produce the quality of light I desired. When I first received the lantern I loved the way it assembled and the quality of light it produces. I believe his intent when producing this modifier is to allow even light to be thrown out across a room. It’s great for that, but I wanted to be able to control the light from spilling when that’s the effect I was after. After researching what film people use for overhead lights I found the Chimera Pancake Lantern Softbox with Skirt. So my solution was to cut an old PCB umbrella and make it into the ‘skirt’ for my strobe lantern. I control how the spill flows using old fashion wooden clothespins to roll up the side of the skirt I want to be exposed. It works great! He produced his own video which shows how the lantern is assembled.
For my most recent dance sessions my clients wanted to shoot against black seamless. Black seamless is much less forgiving than shooting against other colors. Separating the talent from the background means how one uses light will determine how much separation occurs. So for this session, an overhead and rim lights were absolutely necessary in addition to a key light. The form of dancers is the most important so losing any parts of their body due to poor, insufficient or uneven lighting would be completely unacceptable by me or my client.
I’m happy with the quality of light produced by his modifiers. The assembly design of these two products is excellent. Edward produces fine products and I never hesitate to use them when they are the right tool for the right job.