How do I use studio softbox?
For starters: set the softbox at a 45 degree angle from your subject’s face. Raise the softbox up so that the middle is just above their eyes and point is downward on them. Like that look? Then work with it.
How many softboxes do you need?
As a rule of thumb, the size of a softbox should be approximately the same size as your subject; meaning a head shot or half shot could require softboxes in the range of about 18 to 24″, whereas full-body shots could require multiple softboxes in the 48″ or larger range.
How do you set up lighting equipment?
To properly set up your lighting equipment:
- Set up your key light. The key light is the main—and strongest—light source in a scene or on the actor.
- Add your fill light. The fill light adds dimension and softens harsh shadows created by the key light.
- Place your backlight.
Are softboxes or umbrellas better?
Umbrellas are typically the more portable option of the two, since they can break down to a small, thin size fast, but softboxes are great for replicating window light. Both can be unwieldy to use in windy conditions without sand-bagging your light stands.
How do you set up studio lighting?
Position one flash head with a silver brolly at a 45° angle to the model at about six feet high. This creates a strong, hard, direct light from the side and above. This is called a key light. To even the lighting, position a reflector on the other side of the model to bounce the light back into the shadow side.
How does softbox lighting work?
Softboxes work by confining the light from a lamp into a closed chamber and releasing it through at least one layer of diffusion material. As the light passes through the translucent fabric it scatters, producing a very even and soft result.
How do I get the softest light from my softbox?
To get the softest light from your softbox – get close! If used just out of view of the camera, it will give you a lovely, soft, diffused light. The bigger it is the more “wrap-around” it will be – an Elinchrom Rotalux 100x100cm was used in these examples. Softboxes give a lovely soft light.
What is a softbox used for?
A softbox is a useful studio light accessory that provides a wonderful soft light as Chris Burfoot AMPA ASWPP explains. Softboxes are available in a range of sizes from around 40cms square up to the amazing Elinchrom Octa which is almost two metres across!
What size softbox is best for portrait work?
Softboxes are available in a range of sizes from around 40cms square up to the amazing Elinchrom Octa which is almost two metres across! The most useful sizes for portrait work are the 70cm or 100cm square, although products like the Portalite 65x65cm are great value for money and work very well.