Shadowy Daisy

Shadowy Daisy
by damned-truths

Submit your Photo
Hall of Fame

Please participate in Meta
and help us grow.

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

learn more… | top users | synonyms

21
votes
4answers
6k views

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 low-...
2
votes
3answers
204 views

What is the material the rods from a soft box are made of?

I have an old softbox that used some plastic rods and I want to replace them. Also, as I am fan of doing DIY projects I want to make some structures, probably for a larger softbox. So do you by any ...
1
vote
1answer
82 views

Why is only one of my two studio strobes firing?

I am a beginner in photography and I am having trouble with my Falconeyes SS-350H with Softbox lights. We have two lights, but only one is flashing when using the RF-DD4 wireless flash trigger. The ...
2
votes
1answer
80 views

What is the difference in light from an umbrella with and without a softbox cover?

I just purchased a reflective umbrella (silver lining) which includes a cover for the front of the umbrella making it (optionally) like a softbox. All things being the same with the EXCEPTION of the ...
1
vote
1answer
146 views

Which adapter do I need for a softbox and a speedlite?

I'm just starting with photography. Currently I'm getting my stuff together for a basic lighting equipment. I bought some pre-owned softboxes and tripods, also some Yongnuo 560 Mk III. Now I'm looking ...
1
vote
2answers
140 views

How many EV will a softbox knock down off your flash?

I was shooting on the beach into the sun and using my sb-700 on camera as fill. The camera I was using, a D3200, has a max shutter speed of 1/4000 of a second and no HSS. So, I used an ND filter — I ...
1
vote
1answer
92 views

Beauty dish and softbox help [closed]

I am very new to photography and I am doing it in home for my beauty business. I have decided to use small softboxes and a beauty dish. I feel stupid because I can't figure out the continuous light ...
2
votes
2answers
205 views

Other methods to attach a softbox to a light stand?

I am in the market for a soft box. The only ones I've used have had this type of attachment: http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41DNw3H4HYL.jpg where the flexible metal rods in the soft box just ...
6
votes
4answers
2k views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
189 views

Can a speedlight inside a softbox pick up another flash through the sensor?

I'm preparing to do a very lightweight photo shoot with two speedlights inside 24" softboxes. These particular softboxes have the speedlight completely contained inside the softbox. I have one ...
7
votes
5answers
2k views

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 ...
22
votes
6answers
64k views

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 t-shirts....
4
votes
3answers
537 views

Does the internal structure of an umbrella-type softbox impact 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 ...
1
vote
2answers
148 views

Are there softboxes that will work both with portable speedlights and and with studio flashes (Bowens Gemini 400RX)?

I'm very interested in acquiring a softbox with a honeycomb grid of about 150cm. Here is one of those: http://www.amazon.com/Lightstand-Octagonal-Honeycomb-Internal-Visico/dp/B00NRZE5MY/ref=sr_1_5?s=...
2
votes
2answers
479 views

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 ...
4
votes
4answers
3k views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
2k views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
671 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
293 views

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 ...
9
votes
3answers
1k views

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) ...
2
votes
1answer
751 views

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 ...
-3
votes
1answer
123 views

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?)
1
vote
3answers
199 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
95 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
465 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
343 views

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 ...
10
votes
1answer
947 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
436 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
702 views

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 ...
15
votes
2answers
7k views

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?
1
vote
1answer
262 views

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 'product'...
1
vote
1answer
135 views

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 http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/...
21
votes
3answers
1k views

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?
3
votes
2answers
1k views

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 ...
11
votes
6answers
5k views

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 ...
10
votes
3answers
1k views

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 ...