Soft boxes offer directional light. © Rick Sammon
I'm taking the weekend off from posting. Just finished five days of posting Alaska photos and tips. Scroll sown.
This was my most popular posts, so I'm re-posting it for those speedlite shooters who might have missed it.
Catherine Hall. © Rick Sammon
Basically, softboxes with recessed diffusion panels offer more directional light than orbs. The two illustrations above illustrate directional light from a softbox.
© Jason Ludwig
Above is a picture of me (taken in Dave Cross' studio) using a 28-inch Westcott Apollo softbox to light the subject from above, which was the same technique I used when I photographed Catherine Hall at the Google studio. Speaking of me: You can hire me as a voice activated light stand :-)
Artist Eddi Flemming. © Rick Sammon
Orbs with recessed diffusion panels produce a wider and softer beam of light than softboxes. They are nice to use when you want to light a wider area with softer shadows. I used my Westcott Orb for the photograph above. Orbs also wrap the light around a subject for softer light.
Umbrellas? I don't use them too often, but they are nice for large groups.
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