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A lighting modifier which produces soft light via an an enclosed box with reflective sides and diffusing materials in front of the light.

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What are the best and worst diffuser materials for DIY softbox/light tent?

There are hundreds of web sites with tips of building a DYI soft box or light tent, and it looks like people are using almost anything as the diffuser material, from white plastic bags to old ...
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Product Photography without a Light Tent?

I am going to be doing some product photography but I am running into an issue. This issue is achieving the proper lighting. My ideal setup would be a light tent with a few lights and my issues would ...
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Lights for a Light Tent

I am looking to purchase a light tent and lights to do some product photography. I need to purchase lights but I am not sure what to look for in lights. A few requirements: Must be easily ...
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Is the Deflector Plate recommended when using a Westcott Rapid Box with the cover on?

I recently added a Westcott Rapid Box 10"×24" Strip to my setup, and am really happy with how it lives up to the "rapid" name, and when in use takes up a lot less area in my cramped working space. I'm ...
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Softboxes: How many heads?

So, for portraits or videos etc - everyone always says to get some light, ie softboxes. Okay, so you search softboxes online at your favourite webstore and find that no two softboxes are the same: We ...
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How do I attach a softbox to a rectangular fluorescent head?

I'm planning to buy my first lighting set, and I've decided to buy the following piece of gear Problem is, as I have no experience with lighting, I'm kinda confused with one thing (will it be ...
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Does the wide-angle diffuser on a flash help reduce hotspots when used in a small softbox?

Many speedlight-style flashes have a pull-out / flip-down wide angle panel built in. This isn't really meant as a light modifier, but is intended to help the flash provide better coverage at wide ...
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Why diffuse a softbox?

I just read "Lessons Learned on The Flash Bus Tour" and saw this image. In it, an assistant is holding some sort of white shoot-through diffuser (I got a similar one in my 5-in-one reflector kit) ...
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Product photography, wine bottles, recommended light setup on a budget

I am looking to create a shooting environment for product photography, particularly wine and beer bottles. I understand that this type of photography is very difficult to get good results and ...
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How to create such kind of lighting? (pics inside) [closed]

How create such kind of lighting? (pics inside) 1) 2) 3) If possible, can u draw a plan (how it works, where to put the light sources?)
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Correct flash zoom level for small diffuser box?

I recent bought a Lasolite Ezybox Speed-Lite 22 x 22cm on flash softbox diffuser. I like to try and use manual flash settings where possible (especially on my Yongnuo radio flash which is only ...
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few questions about the ezybox 24"

I have a t3i and bought a pair of yn-622c and I wanted to buy a 430ex ii as well as a lastolite ezybox softbox 24x24". I've read that the flash + yn combo might be too high in order to point the ...
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How should I do a DIY set up for shooting clothing items?

I need to make a photo shoot of clothing articles (headbands, headscarves, etc) for an online store. I tried building a lightbox the other day (cheap way) and then put a light from the top. It was ...
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What can you accomplish portrait-wise with a small softbox? [duplicate]

What are the most effective ways in which one would utilize a small softbox; the most effective use-cases really that you'd recommend for it? For argument's sake let's call it 8"x9" (20cm X 23cm) in ...
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How do I compare a continuous light panel's brightness vs. flash through a softbox?

I've been following recent developments in light-emitting capacitor technology with interest. This new technology produces a complete-spectrum light (like sunlight or incandescents), instead of the ...
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Optimal flash settings for macro photography (Nikon SB-900 + softbox)

I'm using a Nikon SB-900 along with a softbox when photographing macro (1:1). What I would like to know is what flash mode that would fit this setup best. Should i simply set it to "M" and adjust it ...
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Using an umbrella type softbox and light quality

When using an umbrella type softbox (a softbox that opens like an umbrella like this one) used with a cobra flash or a light bulb that is INSIDE the softbox : does the tripod tube and the light ...
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Pop up flash & softbox headlight unit

I'm very new to flash photography. Just recently bought a softbox kit and I'm not quite sure how to use the built-in flash on the headlight unit. The sales person tells me that it has a light sensor ...
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How does an octobox differ from a rectangular softbox?

Octoboxes and more-typical rectangular softboxes appear to have similar structure and function. How do they differ, and when would you use one over the other?
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Softbox selection for my hobby room

My hobby room is a fairly standard room size, say 3x3M. The lighting isn't that great which doesn't help when I take photo's or record videos of projects etc. I have a softbox that I use for ...
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What does “Open-N-Use” mean?

In the description of a softbox kit it says "Open-N-Use as studio umbrella. More convenient than traditional soft box." What does that mean exactly? Here's the product ...
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What is the difference between a softbox and a shoot-through umbrella?

As far as I can see, using shoot-through umbrellas is slightly cheaper than using softboxes. Would I give up anything if I went with umbrellas? Would it make any difference to the images I create?
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Soft boxes vs umbrellas, pros and cons

I won't ask which is better, as that is highly subjective. I know that reflective umbrellas can spill more light in close quarters, and are more easily caught by a gust of wind, but are cheap and ...
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Are small on-flash softboxes useful, or a gimmick?

There are a number of "mini-softbox" products on the market. These are meant to mount on a hotshoe flash (usually with an elastic band). Lumiquest Softbox III Are these worthwhile portable and ...
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How to gel a large softbox to match ambient

I'm searching suggestions to quickly and easily add a gel to color correct light from a giant softbox to match ambient. In my application I'm using a CTO for tungsten ambient. The equipment I'm ...
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How do I build my own soft-box light for illuminating still or stop-motion scenes?

I am working on a small stop-motion video project, although I am sure this kind of lighting will work for individual still shots as well. I need some kind of broad, bright, continuous lighting that ...
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How does grid depth determine beam angle?

I just got a 28" Westcott Apollo softbox. They don't sell a grid/egg crate for it, so I'd like to create my own, similar to this. My understanding is that the deeper the grid, the narrower the angle ...