Where Umbrellas Dare Not Go :: Flying Silks
Do you ever need something larger than an umbrella or softbox? Not quite sure if you are wanting to deal with a massive Octabank? Try a 12×12′ silk! Tie it up to some stands like these Matthews Tall Boys and presto! Gorgeous light.
Did you click on the links? Expensive aren’t they? Not to rent!
PITA to carry around, set up, and use? Absolutely. Worth the pain in the ass it is to carry around, set up, and use? Absolutely. Want to do it on your own? Absolutely not. Bring a friend or two.
Silk’s are great because they cut ambient light, you can blow flash into them, you can use them as background material, they look cool blowing around in videos, etc, etc, etc. Octa’s are cool because you can blow flash into them. (crickets) No etc, etc, etc. after talking about big octa’s. Don’t get me wrong, octabanks are amazing light modifiers. LOVE them! But if you need something that is just as much a pain in the a$$ to set up, sand bag, and move around as a large octa is, then consider using a silk. I prefer the 12×12′ as it is really versatile at that size. I think we are paying about $25 a day to rent two silks. That’s an affordable solution to a modifier that can do a number of things.
I can’t show the goods from today’s shoot but here is one that I really like from today showing the silk flying in the air like it just don’t care.