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Softbox size - What\'s best to start with?
Old 11-07-2003, 11:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm planning on purchasing an entry-level softbox which I plan to use with a mono-light (maybe 320 w/s). What's the smallest size that will provide pleasing results with shadows that are not noticable? Anything else I should look for when making this purchase?

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big...not small
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go as big as you can fit in the room for your main softbox...bigger is softer.
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Re: Softbox size - What\'s best to start with?
Old 11-07-2003, 01:54 PM   #3 (permalink)
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keep in mind that your light source should be as big as your subject...

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30x40 or larger, depending on which brand you purchase, and how much space you have.

Keep in mind that a 320 ws head isn't all that much light for doing people, when inside a softbox. There will be situations, where it simply won't be adequate. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img]
 
 
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http://www.photoflex.com/photoflex/index.html

Medium multidome for that size mono light. Variable panels to adjust different ranges in tonality. Small, but just right, easily broken down and portable. Excellent for on location work and will not take up space.

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Not so much size, as shape
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When you go cruising for softboxes, you'll note that there are lots of sizes -- but also several shapes.

If you're just doing portrait work, a medium, rectangular softbox might do. If you're lighting up a bit more -- then (as Glen points out) bigger is better. However, if you're lighting a person -- maybe for a glamour or fashion shoot? -- then you should look at the strip domes.

When I had a studio with a partner, I often used my medium softbox for portraits and used his large softbox for full length. I didn't like the light spill, so I'd often tape foamcore panels to the face of the softbox to create a strip. When we split, I bought a stripdome.

Think about how you're going to use that light. If you're doing more than faces, get something that lights more than faces.

Besides, if you're shooting faces and are moderately handy you should build one of those Keno-style lights that Rolando has been promoting.

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Teresa using that Keno-style light.
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