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the studio lighting - Umbrella vs. Softbox


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#1 Mable Mclvain

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 10:08 PM

An umbrella is like a shotgun - it spreads light everywhere, and it means EVERYWHERE! Just aim it in the general direction, and you're bound to hit something.

A softbox is much more directional, and easier to control. A softbox's light pretty much only goes where you aim it. If you need further control over light spillage, you can add a set of louvers to your softbox, which will really fine-tune the light fall-off.

Now I can't make my mind.
May I have your ideas here?
Thank you in advance.

Edited by Mailing, 06 June 2012 - 10:09 PM.

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#2 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 10:07 AM

Hey Mailing;
This is a real name forum where you must list your first and last names, so please go to your control panel and change that.


That being out of the way; you use what is right for the shot.
I don't mind umbrellas if i need fast/quick way to get an overall ambience in a room (akin to bouncing off of a ceiling if you must) But I'd say 99% of the time I'd be using a soft-box for anything else requiring that look (interviews especially is almost always keyed with a 650 or a 1K through a Chimera as close as possible and filled with a bounce card for me).

Hope that helps.
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