Softboxes are great. They are easy to work with, they are easy to bring along to on-location shoot, and, last but not least, they are versatile. Fredrik Franzén and photographer Ab Sesay have together produced eight articles that highlights the latter. This is the first one.
The softbox is one of the most popular tools for light shaping. Most of us use it to create a soft, even and flattering light, but what we often forget is that the softbox is a versatile tool that can also be used to create a harder light with sharper shadows. This article will take a closer look at its properties.
All images in this article were lit with just one softbox: the Profoto RFi 3′Octa, standing in exactly the same place at exactly the same angle. But as you can see, the images are quite different. So how did we do that? (more…)