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3' octobox or small square box?
Old 07-22-2007, 10:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've been using a large (48 x 60?) softbox for a key light in most of the shots I'v taken. I think I want to move away from such a large box for a key and go with a 3' octobox or small square box, and then use my fill light to light the rest of the scene or use some other lights to light the rest of the body and surroundngs. I was wondering what you all thought of this and which would you go for, the octobox or the square (or rectangular) box.
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It all depends on what kind of light quality your are after. Keep in mind that the large soft box gives softer light than the smaller square or octa sofbox if both are the same distance from the subject. In other words, the bigger the light source (relative to the subject) the softer the light. As far as shape, the main difference will be the shape of the catchlight in the subject's eyes. When I shoot glamour, and particular female subjects, I usually opt for softer light because it gives better looking skin. For males, I usually use harder more contrasty light. The light you choose, and the modifiers you use really depend on the purpose of the photo. You craft and sculpt the light depending on the photographic vision of what you want the photo to be like.
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