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What is the best shape?
Old 08-19-2005, 02:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I know some of the dynamics of the softbox. And in a pinch have made a few from cardboard and foamcore, but the thing that has me confused is, what is the best shape? Most manufactured boxes have a kind of triangluar profile. Is there a differece between a quadra-angle profile, or a triangle profile?
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I know of no inherent superiority of one shape over another. The shape of the face (ogctagonal, square, rectangle, strip, etc.), whether or not it has a lip, how it is lined (silver, white, gold, etc), and size of the box has much more of an effect on the quality of light than the engineering of the sofbox itself. It wouldn't surprise me if a lot of the shape has to do with economy of construction. I.e. minimize the quantity of fabric, thread, rods, etc. needed to build the thing.
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I think the best shape is the one that give what the photographer feels are the ideal catch lights. I've always used the square ones, but you can put a circle mask on the front of it to get a slighting different light coverage. A lot of the shape determines how the light wraps or doesn't wrap around the subject. Just be sure that the softbox is designed so you can put grids or louvres on it as well as other attachments to mold the light.

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