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Old 10-03-2005, 03:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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The differences beetween softbox and umbrella - which is best
for glamour? And why?

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That's a good question. I like the softbox for many reasons, it's a very versatile light in itself and can be used for more than just photography. It also softens the shadows when shooting video as well. I know that the softtbox has saved me on video shoot many times when I have shot people for interviews at night with my video camera.
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Old 10-03-2005, 08:24 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I have heard it put this way: Which is better, Ford or Chevy. It really comes down to what works best for you. I have used both and, although I am using an umbrella right now, I would rather use a softbox. The light, for me at least, seems a bit better, but like I said, Ford or Chevy...
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Old 10-03-2005, 12:22 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I've found that for glamour I like a light that is a little more directional than umbrellas afford. If you don't have a softbox you can also use an umbrella as a 'poor man's soft box' by shooting through the umbrella (using it backward from normal). You still get the diffused look to the light and can just mask off the lighthead reflector to the light hitting the umbrella where you don't want the light to go. It's not as directional but it works in a pinch.

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Softboxes provide better catchlights in the eyes, they cast a better quality of even soft light,..and specular highlights are much cleaner with softboxes, however umbrellas are good too...and cost a whole lot less....and are better for light "coverage" than soft boxes..and make for good lights to light up a background..to provide separation between the subject and the background........in addition, can be used well to provide both background light, as well as "kicker" light at the same time.. I just did that today when photographing a bank executive.. two lights.. one 16x22 box, and one silver Eclips (ribless) large umbrella...

Try both..

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I like \"brolly boxes\"
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Essentially an umbrella with a diffusion panel over it. I use the Photek softliter IIs, 46". It gives you the choice of softbox, bounce umbrella, and shoot through. It also travels well and sets up easy.
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