Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Lighting Notes - Part 3 of 3 - Softbox

If you haven't read parts one and two yet, you should.

At this point in the shoot I've shifted to a softbox. Yep, that first shot's still back and to the left. You'll notice it's kind of in-between the grid and the umbrella. You still get nice shadow, still get the dark background. The edges are a bit softer though, and it's spreading light over a larger area. In the second one the light's been moved forward - it's basically just to her side - and it's up higher.

I like these a lot. They should be nicer than the umbrellas outdoors - they're not that big - but I bet they'll still catch the wind somewhat. But they provide a really nice quality of light. They do fold up flat so they're portable, but basically into a square. The umbrellas fold up, well, like umbrellas. But they fit better into a bag with light stands which end up basically in the same shape.

The key seems to be to keep them very close to the subject. Compared to a little flash they're huge, but compared to a normal softbox they have... a tenth? a twentieth? of the surface area. You can't put one across a big room and expect it to still act like a softbox.


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