I wanted to test out my Aputure light storm with and without it's softbox and grid. The test involves the light with the softbox and grid and without it. When the light is without the softbox there is a 42 inch circular scrim in front of the light. The scrim is attached to a lightstand with a clamp and it's about 2.5 feet in front of the light.
It appears when I only use the scrim there is more light which is good and bad depending on your needs. The fall off on my face looks better to me when the light is accompanied by the scrim vs the softbox and grid. Mind you that, this test does not use a reflector or a fill light. This test was conducted to see if when in a pinch you only had one light and no fill which of the two methods would work best...scrim or softbox. I did add a Lowel pro light in the background to add seperation. The Lowel light used a 3200K bulb and the Aputure is daylight balanced at 5400K. Test were done with two different backgrounds, one medium grey and the other light grey almost white.
I used a Canon C100 set to ISO 1250, WB 4000, F3.2-3.5.
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