Each month we highlight a certain item in Profoto’s rich assortment of Light Shaping Tools. (Previous articles can be found here.) This month we talk to Belgian photographer Jean Gonzales about an often-overlooked tool: the Hardbox.
As the name suggests, the Hardbox is the opposite of a softbox. In other words, the Hardbox creates a harder light with sharper shadows than any other Light Shaping Tool. Mount it onto your flash head or ProDaylight 200 to eliminate all stray light and create a pinpoint-sized light source that is as close to direct sunlight as you can come in a studio environment.
Antwerp-based fashion and portrait photographer Jean Gonzales is quite familiar with the Hardbox’s unique ability to emulate sunlight. It is also the main reason why it is one of his favorite tools to work with.
“I was browsing the web one day when I came across these gorgeous photographs shot in broad daylight in a desert outside of Los Angeles,” says Jean. “I instantly knew that this was something that I wanted to try myself, but we obviously don’t have that kind of weather here in Belgium, so I had to look for another solution. Pretty soon I came across the Hardbox.” (more…)