Hello to all photography enthusiasts! 📸 Today, we're delving deep into the world of light modifiers. Whether you're an amateur photographer or a seasoned pro, understanding and effectively using light modifiers can take your photos from good to great. At Parker + Stone, we're here to help you create stunning photographs, and that includes understanding your gear.
A softbox is a type of light modifier that's used extensively in professional and amateur photography. It's designed to provide a broad and evenly diffused light source that replicates the effect of natural, ambient light. Softboxes are perfect for reducing hard shadows, making them ideal for portrait photography and product photography. Our studio includes 2 x 55 x 75cm Softboxes which are perfect for these tasks.
Pro tip: Try positioning your softbox at different angles to your subject to create varying lighting effects. The closer the softbox is to your subject, the softer the light will be.
The Octabox, as the name suggests, is an eight-sided light modifier. Due to its rounder shape, it provides a natural-looking catch light in your subject’s eyes, making it ideal for portrait photography. Here at Parker + Stone, we offer an Octabox with all our bookings. Remember, the larger the Octabox, the softer the light it will emit.
Pro tip: Use the Octabox as your main light source to get soft, diffused lighting perfect for portraits.
Umbrellas with Diffusers ☂️
Umbrellas with diffusers act similarly to softboxes. The light spread with an umbrella tends to be broader and less directional, resulting in softer shadows. They're versatile and easy to set up, making them a go-to light modifier for many photographers.
Pro tip: Use diffused umbrellas when you want to illuminate a larger area or create an ambient light effect.
Strip Boxes 🏞
Strip boxes are tall, narrow softboxes that produce a long and thin highlight, which is perfect for defining the edges in product photography or adding a rim light in portrait photography.
Pro tip: Position a strip box on either side of your subject to create an attractive rim light effect.
Beauty Dish 🍽️
The beauty dish is a favourite among portrait photographers. This light modifier provides a semi-hard light that's softer than a bare flash but harder than a softbox. This creates a beautiful contrast and detailed shadows, making it perfect for emphasising facial features.
Pro tip: Position your beauty dish above and slightly in front of your subject, aiming downwards, for classic beauty lighting.
Remember, the key to mastering light modifiers is experimentation. Don't be afraid to try different setups and techniques. Practice makes perfect, after all!
We hope you found these tips and tricks helpful.
Happy shooting from all of us at Parker + Stone! 🎉