How do I get bright even and soft light on a face like this?
Image taken from this link
I got the exact same equipment but I wasn't able to reproduce the result.
First I tried lighting it from the side and I got this:
As you can see, it is not even at all. There are a lot of hotspots. Even on the right side where the hotspot is less apparent it is not even.
Then I thought maybe I should avoid side lighting, just like in the original video, I did a traditional clam shell style with a reflector at the bottom. I got this:
It seems to be a bit better, but it still doesn't have that even look.
Any ideas, what I am missing?
About my my setup:
Camera is in manual mode f/9, 1/250, ISO500
That setting avoided most of the ambient light.
The softbox is the exact one in that link. 26″ Rapid Box Octa. It has a deflector plate inside, and a diffuser fabric at the front.