Manipulating light is a powerful ability to have as a photographer. It can take an image from just, ‘blah’ to ‘amazing’ if you know how to use light properly. Be it natural light from the sun or studio light that we modify, it serves us well to be adept in lighting.
New photographers may get overwhelmed with the choices of lighting accessories out there. Once you delve into off camera lighting, there are a head spinning number of accessories to consider to help you shape that light, and they come in various shapes and sizes, just to make it more confusing. Generally with a portrait, we want soft lighting and so softboxes are an important accessory for any portrait photographer’s kit.
One general and extremely useful tool for off camera lighting is the softbox. Softboxes help create soft lighting effects, hence, the name. Softboxes come have different sizes and each one will give you a different look.
In the following 12 minute video, sponsored by AdoramaTV, Gavin Hoey discusses softboxes and compares a small, medium and large soft box to show us how each size affects a portrait. He recommends the large 7’ Westcott Parabolic Umbrella because of the “fantastic soft lighting.”
The last part of the video is a bit of a bonus as Gavin takes us into Photoshop and shows us how he edits the images to get back some control lost by the softboxes tendency to spread light over a large area. You could use a grid to regain some control in camera, and Gavin promises that for another video.
Watch ‘Softbox Size vs Soft Light: Take and Make Great Photography with Gavin Hoey: AdoramaTV’
If you are looking for more lighting education, we have just finished filming our Lighting 101 DVD. It’s now in the hands of our video editors so be sure to look for it in our SLR Lounge store soon. Also, check out our YouTube videos on lighting.
If you haven’t checked out our Photography 101 DVD, make sure to take a look. We show you how to use entry level DSLRs and lenses to make incedible images. It is your A-Z guide to photography.
[Via Adorama TV]