When it comes to shooting fashion portraits, if you are like many photographers, you most likely struggle with the decision of whether to use a soft light source such as a Softbox or a slightly harsher light source such as a beauty dish.
Well, what if you could have both a soft light source and a hard light source with just one light modifier? Watch the video below for a demonstration, of my favourite light modifiers for shooting fashion portraits.
In the video above, I demonstrate my go-to light modifier for shooting fashion portraits: the Westcott 35 Deep Parabolic Zeppelin. You can use it in the studio or on location for a gorgeous wraparound quality of light.
Additionally, the Westcott Zeppelin comes in 3 different sizes: the 35 inch, the 47 inch, and the 59 inch.
The Westcott Zeppelin allows you to use it with two layers of diffusion for a softer light effect which I demonstrated in the video or just with the inner baffle installed for a more focused light source. You also have a third option as well; you can use it as an adjustable focused bounced light source.
The image above was shot on the Nikon D810 with the Nikon 70-200mm F 2.8 VR at 176mm F5.6 at shutter speed 200 and ISO 100.
The image below is from a location shoot last summer where I used only the interior baffle of the 35” Westcott Zeppelin for a more focused light source and more specular highlights.
The above image was shot on the Canon 5D Mark III with the Canon 24-70mm F 2.8 MK II at F 4, shutter speed 200 at ISO 100.
For the image below, I used the 35” Westcott Zeppelin with two layers of diffusion in the studio for a softer quality of light. I shot this on the Nikon D810 with the Nikon 70-200mm F 2.8 VR at 116mm at F 5.6, shutter speed 200 ISO 100.
You may be also wondering what the advantages are of a deep parabolic modifier compared to a regular Softbox or Octabox which is also round, but eight sided vs the 16 sides of the Westcott Zeppelin. The design of the Westcott Zeppelin allows for more directional control of your light and also added contrast compared to a regular Softbox or an Octabox.
I shot the image above on a Nikon D810 with the Nikon 85mm F 1.4 at F 5.6, shutter speed 200 at ISO 100.
If you are looking for a speed ring for your existing strobe, Westcott manufactures speed rings for popular strobe light brands such as Elinchrom, Profoto, Bowens and Alien Bee strobes.
If you are looking for a versatile light modifier with added contrast and punch, then the Westcott Zeppelin would be a worthwhile choice. Although, I own more light modifiers than I care to admit, the Westcott Zeppelin is my go to choice for a majority of my fashion portraits in and out of the studio.
What about you? What is your favorite light modifier? Leave a comment below!