Barndoors vs honeycomb grids

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  1. Nimitz

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    basic studio lighting question. If you have a full set of grids for your strobes (10-40 degs) is there really any value to also getting barn doors for the strobes? How about snoots?
     
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    While I am far from an expert in studio lighting I have found various things to give different results, mainly in how the shadow looks where the light falls off to the edge. Mind you I have tried these on a speedlight strobe not a proper studio one but I think the results may translate across.
     
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    That sounds right to me. While they basically do the same thing, there are subtle (or not so subtle) differences. The fall off, for example. Honeycomb grids, in a reflector dish, have little or no light spillage. Some barn door are terrible for spillage...which may or may not be important to you. I had an instructor who said that the grids were worth their weight in gold, so that's what I went with.
     
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    I'd go more along the lines of honeycombs and snoots being similar rather than Barn doors, and then again it depends on what degree honeycombs you get.
    I personally like barn doors, I think I have more control even if they do have some light spill. Like using them wide open like a normal reflector, but maybe having just the top or bottom gate partically closed to act as a flag and give more direction sort of thing.
    But I also find that having snoot/honeycombs very useful for harsher light in specific areas.

    So I'd have both barn doors and honeycombs, but not a snoot if you have the honey combs or visa versa. (I much prefer honeycombs to snoots aswell)
     
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    thanks all, that's kinda what I thought. I've played around with barn doors before but was looking at getting a full set of honeycom grids with my new studio strobe setup.
     
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    focusing spotlights with barndoors are pretty useful as a background light since you can control the shape of your light. You can't do that with gridspots.
     

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