A softbox is a great device. Soft, wraparound, wonderful light that flatters your subject and yet imparts directionality. Like this recent picture of model Tara:
That was using a large softbox on a studio strobe, powered by a lead acid battery.
But there are also small softboxes, and as a travelling photographer I love those. I am talking about the Honl Photo Traveler 8 softbox:
That mounts onto the flash, which is fitted with a speedstrap:
Leading, Velcro style, to this:
Which gives you nice soft light, and gives you another big benefit: a round catch light. Like in this self portrait:
Nice, no? Not me, the light. Well OK, me too.
Tip: use the wide adapter on your flash (no, that is not a softener: it is merely a wide angle adapter), so that the light bounces off the inside.
And take the flash off camera with a flash cord:
That works well for macro pics, too, like this recent snap:
Nice, soft shadows again.
One more example: this time the main light on the subject was a bare flash, and the fill light was a Honl Photo Traveller 8 softbox:
My advice: get yourself a softbox or two.
- I am doing another two workshops in July, with David Honl – yes, the very man who designed these excellent flash modifiers. On 12 and 13 July in Las Vegas, Nevada in Studio Petographique. See http://www.cameratraining.ca/Vegas.html for details.
- And for Canadians here: there are spaces left on the full-day Creative Lighting workshop Joseph Marranca and I are doing in Mono, Ontario: details here.
And believe me, it is worth taking this type of course: we’ll teach you in hours what you would otherwise spend weeks learning.