The Phlearn Guide To Softboxes
These umbrella-like creatures can appear intimidating at first, but once you get the hang of them they’re a breeze to use! Join us as we cover everything there is to know about softboxes.
Softboxes, What Are They Good For?
Absolutely something. Unlike umbrellas which produce a concentrated directional light, softboxes imitate the light cast by windows. The light from the strobes is diffused not only once, but twice when fired through a softbox. This softens the light considerably, making softboxes a great weapon of choice for portraits.
All Shapes And Sizes
Softboxes come in a variety of different shapes, each good for different purposes.
- Stripbox: This is a skinny rectangular softbox. Its narrow shape makes it good for casting rim/hair lights on subjects without affecting other parts of the image.
- Octobox. A softbox with 8 sides. Its rounded shape will cast natural looking catchlights in the eyes of your subject, making this a great choice for your key light.
- Regular Softbox. These can be used for just about anything, from key lights to fill lights.
- Grids can affect the way light is emitted from a softbox. They help to eliminate fall-off by directing the light into a straight beam.