Sometimes you need a soft symmetric light source. For instance, you might be a portrait photographer in need of a flattering key light or a product photographer looking for that perfectly square highlight with soft edges. These are two of many situations when a square softbox comes in handy.
The new Profoto Square RFi softbox is available in two sizes:
Softbox RFi 2×2′ (60x60cm)
Softbox RFi 3×3′ (90x90cm)
The smaller version is particularly popular among mobile fashion and portrait photographers, who appreciate the fact that it is not only a highly controllable key light, but also lightweight and quick and easy and to set up.
If you want to learn more about the Square RFi or RFi softboxes in general,
Octagonal softboxes are commonly used for such purposes as fashion, beauty and portrait photography. One of the most important reasons for this is that their unique shape creates a beautiful, natural looking catch light in the subject’s eye.
The brand new Profoto Octa RFi is available in two versions:
Softbox RFi 3′ Octa (90cm)
Softbox RFi 5′ Octa (150cm)
Fashion and portrait photographers requiring a soft, even yet controllable key light favor the smaller versions. The larger version creates a beautiful fill light and has a relatively flat shape, making it surprisingly easy to handle.
Also note that you can transform the Octa RFi into a parabolic reflector by simply removing both diffusers!
Strip softboxes are often used to create a rim light that effectively separates the subject from the background. They are also favored by product photographers requiring a long and narrow reflection with soft edges. Take a closer look at a car ad or a photo of a wine bottle. It might very well be the Strip RFi you see reflecting in that shiny surface. In addition, strip softboxes are a great asset when you are shooting in a confined area. They occupy very little space, and their narrow shape allows you to put them right next to a wall to create a soft and even back light.
Regardless of what you plan on using your strip softbox for, it is important to find a size that fits your specific needs. Hence, Profoto’s RFi strip softboxes are available in three sizes:
Softbox RFi 1×3′ (30x90cm)
Softbox RFi 1×4′ (30x120cm)
Softbox RFi 1×6′ (30x180cm)
The speedring adaptors make each model compatible with more than 20 different flash brands. All strip softboxes are also available with the optional Softgrids and Stripmasks.
The larger the light source is in relation to the subject, the softer the light will be. This simple fact is perhaps the most important lesson to learn about light. It is also the main reason why Profoto’s new Rectangular RFi softboxes come in so many sizes. With five sizes to choose from, you are guaranteed to always find a Rectangular RFi that relates to your subject exactly the way you want!
The available sizes are as follows:
Softbox RFi 1×1,3′ (30x40cm)
Softbox RFi 1,3×2′ (40x60cm)
Softbox RFi 2×3′ (60x90cm)
Softbox RFi 3×4′ (90x120cm)
Softbox RFi 4×6′ (120x180cm)
The speedring adaptors make the each model compatible with more than 20 different flash brands. All models are also available with the optional Softgrid and the Flat Front Diffuser.