After you learn the fundamentals of light as a photographer, you begin to learn how to manipulate it to your advantage. Using different types of lights, angles, and modifiers, you can shape and control your light to be more creative in your images. (If you are still working on the fundamentals, then you should check out Lighting 101). Beyond the basics, there’s a world of possibilities and simple things you can do to get some extraordinary results.
In the following tutorial, Jay P. Morgan from The Slanted Lens shows us how to do just that with a technique called, “feathering” with a softbox.
Feathering is maneuvering a light source’s area of coverage so that only the desired area of the subject is lit.
This helps you emphasize the area in your photo that you want to highlight and not the entire area of your softbox’s potential, which makes for a better quality of light. You can get a similar look by using a grid (as shown in this article here), but if you’re short on grids (or cash), feathering can give you the look you want, at no additional cost. Read more on how Jay P. created the images above and also how he does this technique in the studio on his website here.
Watch Learning How to Feather Soft Boxes – Lighting Tutorial
To read more about controlling light, check out this article: CONTROL LIGHT QUALITY IN FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY | LIGHTING 101