Contest #41: 26-inch Rapid Box Octa and Deflector Plate (a $190 Value!)

The Challenge

So, we know the Rapid Box has been a hit. Tell us why you want a Rapid Box and win a 26″ Version with a deflector Plate!  Along with the Rapid Box, you will receive a Golden Ticket which gives you the chance at the $15,000 grand prize. Good Luck!

The Rapid Box - 26-inch Octa by Westcott Pro LightingThe Prize

This weeks prize will be a 26″ Rapid Box Octa PLUS a deflector plate which helps create the beauty dish effect.  Along with these prizes, you will be presented with a Golden Ticket, which enters you into the year end raffle and a 1 in 200 shot to win $15,000 in Westcott gear!

The Inspiration

Top Pro Photographer Rick Sammon shows off the new Rapid Box and discusses how fast you can be with your speedlite photography. He uses the Rapid Box with a deflector plate to create a beauty dish effect to the image.  In combination with his main light, Rick also uses a Rapid Box Strip as a hair light to make her hair glow.


76 Responses to Contest #41: 26-inch Rapid Box Octa and Deflector Plate (a $190 Value!)

  1. Alexzander Carnel August 29, 2013 at 2:16 pm #

    I would love to have one of these!! my old umbrella got crushed in a accident, and just havent gotten around to getting a new one but this reflector looks to be way better than that one haha.
    be a great addition to my SB-910 or SB-800.

    The image I have attatched, I shot in a livingroom with my SB-910 on camera and my SB-800 on a stand, while using tinfoil as a light modifier.

  2. Thang Nguyen August 27, 2013 at 8:02 pm #

    I’ve been looking for a large, light, quick-setup beauty dish for speedlites. This would definite replace and small salad bowl home grown beauty dish.

  3. Steve Randol August 27, 2013 at 11:22 am #

    I’m a retired civil servant rediscovering my joy of photography from my high school yearbook days in 1966. Building my equipment. I have only 2 umbrellas and some home-maid snoots for light modifiers for my 2 speedlights. I’d love to be able to improve, and take pictures of my grandchildren and wonderful wife that are better because of softer lighting.

  4. Herrinphotography August 26, 2013 at 8:56 pm #

    You can never have too many tools in your tool box. I use a beauty dish with and without grids and feel this would be another helpful, quick tool for the same effect. Would also be too cool to play with it and discover other lighting uses, that’s half the fun of shooting with controlled lighting.

  5. themm20 August 26, 2013 at 8:42 pm #

    I was lucky enough to try the Octa-box at a recent workshop & liked the results
    I like the various options such as using with or without the metal plate & also the
    option to use or remove the front diffusion panel. Just building a lighting kit &
    would love to start off with a new Octa-Box! Would like to continue this project of
    Firefighter portraits,this one was all natural light with a reflector. Would love to add some
    beautiful light with the 26″ Rapid Box Octa

  6. corina August 26, 2013 at 4:16 pm #

    This would be WAY better than the DIY light set up I have now!

  7. Wayne Wiechart August 26, 2013 at 3:32 pm #

    Why? Because I am hyper. I want to spread the light by making them glow. Shoot the Beauty and scoot.

  8. IAFF August 26, 2013 at 3:00 pm #

    Simply put, the 26-inch Rapid Box Octa and Deflector Plate would take my photography to the next level. Love Westcott products.

  9. crymsonhope August 26, 2013 at 2:50 pm #

    I would love an octa box because its on my Santa’s list as a semi-newbie photographer. I do photography for work, but I don’t have any of my own gear. I get to use my work camera and flash to practice my technique “out of the office,” but unfortunately never get to take any lighting equipment home with me. I recently told my boss the octa was what our studio was missing ( he believes the traditional soft box squares are the way, truth, and best light), but after seeing them in action at a local photography conference I know the octal box is a killer upgrade to the traditional box. I think this is one way to show an old pro that new toys can producer stellar results, but he can go buy his own this one will be mine!

  10. bagidlow August 26, 2013 at 2:42 pm #

    I am starting to take Sr portraits and would love this for studio work. I also try and do some location shots inside of swimming pools and this would be perfect for that application. Thanks!

  11. William Y. August 25, 2013 at 12:31 am #

    I think it’s an amazing product. I would use it as a portable beauty dish for my speedlight.

    I do a lot of location lighting and portability is extremely important for me. Unfortunately traditionally beauty dishes with flash adapt ring totally defeat the portability of small flash guns. The collapsible nature of Westcott Rapid box fixed that problem, making it an ideal light modifier for me. I believe it’s also easy to assemble/dissemble, making it very easy to set up location lighting.

  12. Clarke Surrey August 22, 2013 at 4:39 pm #

    Since the first day I got my DSLR, I’ve been exclusively interested in shooting portraits. Photographing people is so much fun and I love being able to give people a higher quality product than what they are used to seeing. I’m doing my best to learn as much as I can about portrait photography so that I can make people look their best while doing what they love. I eventually want to end up doing work similar to that of Joel Grimes, where he mixes gorgeous studio portraits with amazing HDR backgrounds, creating a beautiful blend of that person and their favorite hobby/activity. Having this Rapid Box would help bring my lighting set up that much closer to achieving that goal! :)

  13. Arthur Healey August 22, 2013 at 10:49 am #

    I am not the best with my words. I tend to shoot photos to communicate the way i see the world. This is an editing concept I recently tried but would have loved a beauty dish for this shoot. I have never had a beauty dish. I would love to ad the Rapid Box to my lighting as it gives a similar light to a beauty dish. Thanks for the consideration.

  14. RyuGTX August 22, 2013 at 1:39 am #

    I have recently started my journey as a photographer and I am learning so much about it, especially the importance of light. It would be amazing if I could win this Westcott 26″ Rapid Box so I can upgrade and stop using the built-in flash with my camera. It would be helpful in providing quality light on my subjects, giving me more versatility in many situations/locations, and would allow me to be more creative with lighting.

  15. Andrea August 21, 2013 at 11:39 pm #

    I want a 26″ rapid box and deflector plate because having the right tools is important in achieving a desired look separating you from other photographers. Incorporating these tools will create a whole new dimension to our work. It’s versatile and easily transfers from any location to the next, AND it will make wedding portraits look awesome! I definitely want one!

  16. tonybakerphotography August 21, 2013 at 10:42 pm #

    A 26-inch Rapid Box Octa would real help getting my photography business off the ground! Great light is everything and having this lighting option would do wonders for what could take my images to the next level!

  17. scottat6studio6 August 21, 2013 at 8:02 pm #

    I’d love to have a 26″ Rapid Box Octa. I am just starting out and every light I can get would be great but this one is so easy to take along on location shoots making it a great go to light for portraits. And the quality of light is great also.

  18. Brandon Otto August 21, 2013 at 6:18 pm #

    I’m a speedlight shooter and own a variety of Westcott modifiers including all my basic umbrellas, all three versions of the parabolic, and the apollo orb and strip. I shoot primarily on location, and while these tend to cover all my bases, I’ve been eyeing a beauty dish for headshots and location portraits. When the Rapid Box was announced, I started to lust after it as it solves my desire for a beauty dish and my need for something portable. My most immediate need regarding the Rapid Box is for my brother’s wedding coming up in a few months. I want to do a post-wedding shoot with him and his soon-to-be bride, but I’ll be flying and taking my Apollos with me just won’t work, so I had already planned on buying the 26″ Octa and the Strip for this particular shoot. It’d be wonderful to win the Octa so I can focus my finances on adding the strip and continuing my ever growing collection of wonderful, portable, Westcott modifiers!

  19. zona5101 August 21, 2013 at 3:11 pm #

    A collapsible beauty dish??? Who wouldn’t want one?!?

  20. Mitch Woods August 21, 2013 at 2:13 pm #

    Would absolutely love the chance to win one of these! So far I have the 28 inch softbox by Westcott and love it! I think I would love this more for the simple face of a circular catch light in my subjects eyes. Also it looks extremely portable which is a must for my wife and I, being wedding photographers.

  21. Terry Babij August 21, 2013 at 11:00 am #

    If the Godfather of photography Rick Samon recommends I would love to win and give a try. My shot here is taken through an open window with a black blind as not to scare off these easily spooked subjects. I had a Canon 580EXII on a stand close by set to hi speed sync and zoomed wide for fill to highlight feather textures and shadows. Used Pocket Wizard Flex TT1 and TT5 to trigger the flash. i am thinking the beauty dish might add better light. The camera a 5dMKIII is locked down to a tripod with a Canon 1.4II on a 70-200 2.8 ver 1 zoomed to the max. The little guy was about 10 feet away perched on a brush enjoying the sun and looks like he is deep in thought. Post in LR 5 with a little cloning and down sampling help in PS. A feeder was closer and I had blocked 2 feeding ports to direct to 1 side side of the feeder. Liked this one from this shoot. Normally they do not take direction well.

  22. Gina Spiroff Miller August 20, 2013 at 11:09 pm #

    I currently use the great outdoors for sessions and bounce light from a white reflector foam poster board. I have started my beauty/glamour sessions as I follow Sue Bryce and sounds like this type of light would come in very handy so I can do some indoor shoots as well when enough light isn’t available. I only have an on camera flash (yucky) and two soft boxes that came with a green screen light kit but don’t always care for the results it gives me. I think this light would be an awesome addition for my beginning career as a pro photographer. The photo I’m submitting was used with on camera flash with a Gary Fong diffuser pointed slightly up in my horribly lit bedroom.

  23. Janice Mueller August 20, 2013 at 10:51 pm #

    I am an currently taking photography classes and look forward to opening up my own business. Winning the Rapid Box Octa would be a step in the right direction.

  24. Janice Mueller August 20, 2013 at 10:46 pm #

    I am currently taking courses in photography and learning different aspects of photography. My goal is to open up my own business. Winning the Rapid Box Octa would be a step in the right direction.

  25. Galdino Sanchez August 20, 2013 at 10:43 pm #

    My Name is Galdino and I specialize in weddings and models. I’ve been looking at the Rapid Octa because at the moment the set up I have is very heavy, I am looking at using something like this since it would be more portable and what I like the most is that it’s easy to fold and save in it’s carrying bag. I am amazed at how light this set ups are, I am also interested in the Rapid hair light. I had the opportunity to check out this 26″ Octa at a local camera shop and I was shocked at the quality of the material. it seem very durable and heavy duty keeping the set up very light weight.

  26. Kurt Miller August 20, 2013 at 9:39 pm #

    This photo was taken with the Westcott 28″ softbox. I would love the 26″ RapidBox as I would like to get a round modifier to give me nicer catchlights in the eyes. I’ve watched all of the videos and reviews on the 26″ and it sounds like a great modifier for on-location freedom, which would be great for me. Also, I love that you can make the modifier into a beauty dish, which gives the modifier a whole new look.

  27. Charles Mayes August 20, 2013 at 8:22 pm #

    Using speedlights on location is my new found love. I think the Rapidbox would an amazing tool that would only enhance my work.

  28. Eric Reardon August 20, 2013 at 7:58 pm #

    I would like this to be able to use it at the formal photo of my sisters wedding in November.

  29. Jennifer Emery August 20, 2013 at 7:51 pm #

    I’m a freelance lifestyle photographer and I am teaching for the first time at a local community college (SMC). I’m teaching an advance people photography class and a very important part of the class is about being able to light subject quickly and on the fly. The attached photo is an example of a campaign shoot I did with very limited time. I shot this with two flash units, one through an umbrella and the other bouncing, needless to say the 26-INCH RAPID BOX OCTA AND DEFLECTOR PLATE would be 10 times better and I would love to demonstrate with it in class. PIck me and my students!!!! Jennifer Emery of PBJ Candids.

  30. Andy August 20, 2013 at 7:39 pm #

    I don’t have a studio, and only occasionally have access to a large enough space to shoot. This means a lot of outdoor locations, and that means a need for compact and easily transportable gear. I own both the 28″ and 50″ softboxes, and love them greatly for their ease of use. Adding the Rapidbox to the arsenal would open up even more options!

  31. Phyllis Perkins August 20, 2013 at 6:19 pm #

    I am a new photographer and need one ! I love the look it gives and I just broke my light

  32. Erik Hawkinson August 20, 2013 at 3:02 pm #

    I would love to win a 26″ Rapid Box Octa because I need something small for when I fly home to see my family. I have needed something that would effectively make my flash larger without taking up too much space in my luggage. On top of that, I could use a light that sets up easily for when I shoot locally. Plus, it comes highly recommended by Terry White.

  33. bigdaddy August 20, 2013 at 1:32 pm #

    I had my darling daughter out for a day at a fair and only had the natural light as I don’t like using my Speedlight on camera. With a rapid box I could have used it as the fill and dropped my exposure compensation cutting down the hot spots in the grass darkening the back ground some.

  34. DanWampler August 20, 2013 at 12:56 pm #

    This image was shot in Infrared with a converted Canon 50D at f4.5 1/60sec, ISO 100. The location was a 19th century abandoned church. The archway was very well backlit, but the details on the stones, the dress and models face were getting lost in shadows. I decided to try a fill flash using my Wescott Micro Apollo light modifier I’ve had for years. It worked perfectly. The interesting part is, on a whim I told this model, who is very petite she would look great in that archway, which was about 5 feet off the ground, but I forgot to bring my ladder. She smiled, removed her gown, and effortlessly climbed up the wall and then said “Throw me the dress” We got the shots, and they were best of the series. I hope I win the Rapid box because I could see it being extremely useful.

  35. José M. Ramos-Navarrete August 20, 2013 at 12:39 pm #

    I do aviation photography and many times use Nikon’s Creative Lighting System or Pocket Wizards to create something that’s a bit more out of the ordinary. Lighting the aircraft with bare SB900s is fine but when you include a pilot in the mix to make it more of an environmental portrait, a bare speedlight is sometimes not ideal. I’ve used a major competitors softbox but the rig is too flimsy and subject to fall off its “lollipop” in anything of a wind or when on the boom stand. Having played with the Rapid Box, but unfortunately not been able to put it into use, I can see its extremely well built and will fit the needs of my work better than any other system out there.

    In this shot, I had four SB units triggered by Pocket Wizard FlexTT5 and MiniTT1 w/ AC3 controller. Two SB units were used to light the aircraft the other two the pilot.

  36. Maddy August 20, 2013 at 12:02 pm #

    I’m taking a lot more Beauty shot, and 26″ Rapid Box Octa would be what I would buy to begin with! PLUS a deflector plate! School started and had to go shoppping for my four girls. Let’s just say I’m broke and can’t afford it. It would definitely be put to good use. Thank you for the opportunity
    Used ambient light for my photo of my girls…

  37. Jason M Portraits August 20, 2013 at 11:51 am #

    This image was taken with an SB-800 inside a Westcott Apollo 28. Being the flash is inside the Apollo softbox and I’m using Nikon’s CLS, I have a difficult time getting the flash to see the pre-flash from my camera and I get a lot of shots where the flash doesn’t trigger. With the 26″ Rapid Box Octa, the flash is on the outside of the modifier so I’d have no problem getting the flash to fire using CLS.

  38. JaydePhoto August 20, 2013 at 11:48 am #

    This is a marketing shot for a new item I am working on. Team and group fundraisers. I needed some shots to use in my flyers so I grabbed my best model (my daughter) and toted her to the soccer field to take some shots. The sun was out full force so it was very difficult to get the right lighting. Then I found this train car and the back side was shaded. I would have loved to have a speed light to add some intense lighting for this and the Rapid Box sounds like it would work perfectly!

  39. Mike Chambers August 20, 2013 at 11:44 am #

    I would like to take my portraits to the next level; fine tuning light, shaping, really controlling the nuances. Right now I own a single soft box. In most situations, a photographer can make do with a key light and fudge the rest. But to really up my game, I want the flexibility of an additional Rapid Box in my bag of tricks.

  40. Ken Stead August 20, 2013 at 11:41 am #

    I shot a lot of special events and the portability and ease of deployment of this light modifier would definitely be a great addition to my bag of tricks. I can visualize using it at a race finish to get the light off my camera for a more flattering light. For instance in this shot I would have mounted the light on the dock platform adjacent to the finish ramp and triggered it wirelessly.

  41. Jonathan Ridgely-ProPhoto August 20, 2013 at 11:28 am #

    This was shot with the main light being the sun and an on camera SB-900 pointed up with diffusion dome mounted on a Nikon D4 with a 70-200. I would like to use an off camera speed light mod like the Westcott Rapid Octa 26inch plus for my wedding portraits. It would give me a quick set up solution where time is of the essence.

  42. Philip Txertudi August 20, 2013 at 11:28 am #

    This would be a GREAT addition to my setup… Quick, portable… Run and gun. Just need the supporting gear and then be ready to go!

  43. mprokosch11 August 20, 2013 at 10:44 am #

    I was hiking to Sprague Lake in Colorado and came across this fisherman modifying his lure. He told me he only had a minute (literally), so I whipped my Westcott 5 in 1 reflector and used a SB-600 through the diffusion part and fired off one frame. I would love to have the Octa so I can use more directional soft light.

  44. Jim Tincher August 19, 2013 at 2:07 pm #

    (Q) What’s better than a 26-inch Rapid Box Octa when on remote location?
    (A) A second Rapid Box.

    Yeah, I already own one of these and I take it with me for just about every location shoot I do…. it’s that good! My problem is I don’t have the companion Rapid Box Strip.

  45. Johnna "Speaks" Photography August 18, 2013 at 12:34 pm #

    Old Hollywood is my passion. From the silent films of the 1920’s to the cult classics of the 1950’s I love the look. I’ve spent the past year re-creating many of the iconic photos of such starlets as Louise Brooks, Bette Davis, Mae West, Rita Hayworth, Grace Kelly, and Jane Mansfield. Sadly, I always have something missing. I can’t wrap the light, areas are too hot, shadows never fall in the right spots – these are a few of the problems I am facing. I am also on the go. I shoot on location so lugging around a large beauty dish isn’t feasible (I am 5’2 and a wimp.) The Rapid Box Octa would remedy all the all the issues scuffing up my art.

  46. schuenke August 17, 2013 at 10:25 am #

    I’d love to win a Rapid Box because it looks like the perfect modifier for off-camera flash — light, easy to set up and beautiful light. With the deflector plate it becomes extremely versatile — softbox quality light with either an octa or beauty dish look all in one piece of gear. I currently shoot high school seniors and do a lot of location portraits, and the Rapid Box, I’m sure, would become my go-to modifier.

  47. christian0530 August 16, 2013 at 8:47 pm #

    Light is everything. This little box would be a great asset to me. It would bring my photos up to the next level. This box looks so easy to set up and would be great to travel with.

  48. Tman August 16, 2013 at 4:49 pm #

    Retired now and working hard to improve my photography skills. Working with a couple of speed lights with shoot through umbrellas and a refector but I see how a Rapid Box would greatly improve control/direction of light. The rest is then up to me. The videos like the one here on the Rapid Box are a great help in how the pro’s get such great shots; hope to get close one of these days.

  49. Bob McKinley August 16, 2013 at 3:47 pm #

    Why would I want a Rapid Box? Why would I NOT want a Rapid box! Simply put, it’s an awesome modifier! It’s portable, it’s lightweight, easy to setup, and it’s made by Westcott so you know it’s quality! But in all seriousness, beside the cool factor, as a novice photographer looking to take my photography to the next level, I can see so many ways I can use this as a tool to help me do that. I only shoot with speed lights, almost always on location, and I can image the difference this would make in the portraits I take over using simple umbrellas. I can already see the impact of being able to have more control of the light now. In this case, I’m running to the Light!! :-)

  50. gmmahan August 16, 2013 at 3:29 pm #

    This portrait of this beautiful little flower girl was taken in a country Church in between shooting the bridal portrait’s at a wedding. The lighting was natural light coming in from the Church window.I positioned the flower girl next to the window where the light from this fixed source was feathered across her, giving beautiful highlights next to shadows. I am a big fan of off camera lighting and the majority of my photos are taken using my Nikon speedlites. However, in my opinion this portrait did not need anything else added. I often use a shoot through umbrella but lack the ability to feather the light correctly with the umbrella. Thats where the Rapid box Octa, would be a perfect addition, giving me this capability. I have watched several videos with the Rapid box being used and would love to have one with the beauty dish attachment! I have been reviewing the Rapid Box ever since I first saw it in use! I would be very excited to win this Rapid Box and put it to work right away! Now for the technical info for this portrait:
    Nikon D700, AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm VRII lens at f/2.8. ISO was 1250 and my shutter speed was 1/160.

  51. KTB August 15, 2013 at 2:25 pm #

    I am just starting my photography business and have a few umbrellas and my external flash. I am not getting the lighting I want, but I also know that I cannot physically tote around the equipment some of my friends have. The Rapid Box is lightweight and portable and does a tremendous job based on the videos I have watched. Would love to have this fantastic tool so I can feel comfortable with being able to set up quickly, without assistance and know that I will be able to get the end result that the client and I are looking for.

  52. Tim Thompson August 14, 2013 at 7:42 pm #

    The portability and ease of set up of the Rapid Box would be a great time saver, especially on location. I use speedlites for my lighting and currently the only modifiers I have are the Pocket Box set from Westcott. They are nice, but somewhat limiting on what you can do with them. The larger Rapid Box would be a welcome addition, and open up more lighting possibilities for me.

  53. DP7 August 14, 2013 at 6:39 pm #

    A beauty dish provides such great light modifier more dramatic then a soft box. Since I’m currently experimenting with DIY light modifiers, having a Rapid Box would be just what the light Dr ordered to take my work to the next level. The Rapid Box Octa portability and ease of use make prefect for me shooting on location.

  54. Slava Ivanov August 14, 2013 at 1:22 pm #

    Just about month ago I finally got high-end out of camera flash. I am truly impressed with the results and options it provides even through the only available light modification of my speedlite is the simple plastic flash diffuser I currently own. When I imagine what can be done with the Octa Rapid Box, my head going dizzy … soft light – no problem; quick set-up – here it is; need an adjustment – i a blink of an eye! Truly dream item for anyone from professional to amateur or just a passionate photographer. Well close my eyes and cross my fingers with this tremendous prize!

  55. Fatah Muse August 13, 2013 at 6:57 pm #

    This photo was tacked with sun light, which doesn’t allow me to balance my subject and the background, but with the Rapid Box it would be a great improvement to get that fill light, where both subject and the background will be both exposed properly, currently don’t own any, and would love to have one.

  56. dab_photography August 12, 2013 at 10:32 pm #

    oops…here’s the image using the Rapid Box (1st time on location)

  57. dab_photography August 12, 2013 at 10:23 pm #

    the 26″ Rapid Box is the best speedlight modifier out there…period…the possibilities are only limited by your imagination…whether on location or in studio environment this will soon be your go to light modifier…shot taken with a Sony speedlight in my 26″ Rapid Box (no diffusion panel)…good luck to everyone…hope you love your Rapid Box as much as I do…

  58. James August 12, 2013 at 7:35 pm #

    I really could use this for location shoots since it has a durable framework with heavy-duty reflective silver and it provides soft and evenly reflected light. Being it has an extremely portable and lightweight design and it opens and closes quickly like an umbrella it will allow me to set it up on location quickly and get to work on my subject for faster shoots.

  59. HHH August 11, 2013 at 6:40 pm #

    I have found I am shooting remote locations more & more , Using Proper Fill lights is a crucial tool. the 26″ Rapid Box Octa would be a great tool to capture stunning shots. I use a Canon 580 exii. Mr. Sammon gave a great demonstration of a product that would fill that need.

  60. dougdeas August 11, 2013 at 5:00 pm #

    I am a location photographer and I often have only minutes to shoot a portrait. Often I need to control light spill, so umbrellas are not the best solution. I don’t always have time to set up and break down other types of soft boxes, move to a second location, then set up and breakdown for a possible third location. I rarely use an assistant to lug around my equipment, so I have to travel light and rely heavily on speedlights. The Rapid Box Octa is the answer.

  61. spectaclephoto August 10, 2013 at 11:09 pm #

    Oh man! The Rapid Box would instantly increase the value and versatility of my speedlights!

  62. Levi Hutmacher August 10, 2013 at 12:39 pm #

    I currently don’t personally own any nice reflectors…only a speedlight. I am in my last year of schooling here in Toledo for commercial photography and this would be a great start for getting more equipment. At class we use mostly westcott gear, so I am very familiar with the amazing products you all produce! As a recently married man who is still in college, I cannot afford to buy a ton of nice equipment so this would help me a TON!!! here is a sample image of what I could do if I had this amazing piece of equipment!

  63. kr August 10, 2013 at 9:31 am #

    Could use the Rapid Box Octa to get additional light on subjects from side because I really like a strong direction of light presence.

  64. chedbo August 10, 2013 at 12:10 am #

    The Rapid Box Octa and beauty dish deflector would help improve my continuing project to make as many beautiful portraits of my family and my friend’s families as possible.

  65. jks_photo August 9, 2013 at 8:45 pm #

    I am currently into portraiture be it in studio or “on site”. Have been using Apollo Softboxes the medium and the strip on all my sessions and have been having great results. The Rapid Box Octa would make a great addition to my kit as it seems to emulate a beauty dish. the shot was taken at ISO 100 1/160 f 6.3 using an Apollo Medium Softbox.

  66. joesphotography August 9, 2013 at 8:33 pm #

    I have been using small speed light and soft box for a while. I love the old style 40’s and 50’s look and I think with thew new speed light and the new octal box with beauty dish reflector. Will help make this possible. Cause not only will you get the soft light but you also get the portability with it and hopeful to create better photo. Special when shooting shooting beach shot or just the every day portrait shot.

  67. uwharrie August 9, 2013 at 5:23 pm #

    Since I do a lot of animal portraits it is important to be able to be portable. This would work great with my Canon speedlights

  68. PeppermintMochaPatty August 9, 2013 at 4:28 pm #

    I love the idea of being able to use speedlights on location, which I was using when I created this image. I think this image could have been better if I had a modifier on my speedlight. I do have a softbox for my flash but it is too small and doesn’t really give me the results I am looking for. I love the versitility of the Rapid Box Octo, espeically the beauty light effect. I can see it giving me an edge with my competition in my market.

  69. robpenner August 9, 2013 at 3:02 pm #

    Ok…in fact I already own one of these truly wonderful, affordable and incredibly versatile Rapid’s. I had been looking for something just like this to take on a humanitarian shoot in El Salvador. I needed to bring some lighting to do portraits of the executives of the NGO I was working for and without a doubt the Rapid Box was the absolute perfect solution. I was able to pack in my rolling duffle and at only 2.5 pounds, it didn’t overload me at all. It sets up quick and easy and the quality of the workmanship is outstanding. Now…Why am I entering this contest if I have one already. Well…I decided that I need another one. As versatile as it is, having the ability to have a main and fill light on the road would be outstanding. So here’s my entry and I hope I’m a winner!

    This image was shot a a rural school about 2 hours outside of San Salvador. Shot with a Nikon D800 and a 17mm-35mm lens set at 1/40 sec@ƒ/3.5, ISO 100.

  70. Karen Vaisman August 9, 2013 at 1:54 pm #

    I would love to use the 26″ Rapid Box Octa Plus for glamour and beauty close ups. I regularly use a makeup artist and hair stylist for my work. Round catch lights would be ideal, and the portablility and easy set up would be a dream! Happy to spread the word on facebook, and twitter about your great products!!

    I hope you consider me!

    Karen Vaisman

  71. Kevin August 9, 2013 at 12:46 pm #

    Love the look and lighting I get when using a Beauty Dish in the studio. I think having one of the Rapid boxs that produces a similar light as the Beauty Dish and also being covenant for location shooting would be wonderful.

    Portable, and Packable, that is what photographer crave on location. Better than packing around a 22″ salad bowl.

  72. Peter Upmanis August 9, 2013 at 12:39 pm #

    Red Rock near Las Vegas. Cactus had interesting shape and with the mountains in background…nice composition. Used SONY A390, 18-55 mm lens, circular polarizer lens (to enhance the sky’s blueness) . Used Cyberlink PhotoDirector 3 to process the RAW file and output to JPEG format.

    1/80 sec., F5.6 , ISO 100, 30mm

  73. linkee40 August 9, 2013 at 12:00 pm #

    At the moment the only light source I have is an SB700 speed light and a pass through umbrella. I would love to be able to use the Rapid Box and the Deflector plate to light my subjects. My pictures are just blah without the light, with the light I could take photography to another level. It would help me tremendously!

  74. Sandra Burchett August 8, 2013 at 10:09 pm #

    I have been in the market for a beauty dish, and the rapid box would sure fit the bill! I’ve been studying how to do some “muscle” lighting, and the use of a rapid box would really make my pics and pecs pop! It would be so useful in many other situations as well. I was watching a friend do a location shoot, and drooling over the ease with which he set up the rapid box. The when I saw his shots, it was WOW! I need one of those! This would be the perfect addition to my small lighting arsenal.

  75. Jimmy Arcade August 8, 2013 at 7:00 pm #

    Simply put, I do not yet have a main light. So, I am currently rigging desk lamps, using other direct light sources, and using a Canon 430EX II speedlite, on-camera, to supplement my current lack of a main light. I am working on building a studio, as I have plans of starting up a photography business. I am currently in the acquisition phase and the 26″ Rapid Box Octa would be an amazing way to start my lighting set up.


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