A Beginner’s Guide to Softbox Shapes and Sizes

Along with the umbrella, the softbox is one of the most affordable, versatile, and important light modifiers. Thus, every photographer who is learning to work with artificial light should spend some working with softboxes and learning how to use them to their full potential. This fantastic video tutorial will show you everything you need to know about them, including shape, size, rendering, and more.

Coming to you from David Bergman with Adorama TV, this excellent video tutorial will show you everything you need to know about softboxes. The softbox is one of the best modifiers to work with, both because they are so versatile and because they are quite affordable compared to many more specialized options. A lot of photographers start with them and continue to use them heavily throughout their careers. One thing to pay particularly close attention to is how different catchlights render. Catchlights are often overlooked, but they are crucially important to creating an inviting portrait and given the eyes a sense of life. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Bergman.

If you would like to continue learning about how to light a portrait, be sure to check out “Illuminating The Face: Lighting for Headshots and Portraits With Peter Hurley!”

Credits: FStoppers