A softbox is the term that describes an enclosure that surrounds a light on all sides and diffuses the light that escapes from it. There are many different types of softboxes. How are they used in portraits? In this video, author Robert Vanelli demonstrates how the shape of a softbox changes the light it modifies.
Now, softboxes come in many different shapes and sizes.…It looks like I have three different light sources here,…but in reality, it's the same light.…The only difference is the modifiers…are going to change the way the light acts on a subject.…This softbox is known as a traditional softbox.…It's usually a rectangular shape.…Now, inside it…there's another baffle here.…And what this is going to do,…it's going to further soften the light as it's coming out.…
Now, what's really cool about the square,…or the rectangular-type softboxes,…is you could rotate them.…So if you had a couple,…you could rotate it like so,…and the light will spill evenly on both of them.…From here, we're going to transform into a specialty softbox.…This is known as as stripbox.…The main purpose of it is to guide the light into a slice.…So you don't want to light the entire scene.…
You only want to light a sliver of the scene.…Now, this is further modified with this device here,…and this is called a grid.…What the grid is going to do,…it's going to position the light and focus it…
- What is a lighting modifier?
- Technical and artistic benefits of lighting modifiers
- Using an umbrella to bounce light
- Lighting portraits with an umbrella
- Lighting a portrait with a softbox
- Shooting with a beauty dish
- Softening light with diffusers
- Adjusting color temperature using gels
- Lighting a portrait with a speedlight