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A "larger light" has the concept that its outer areas will direct the light inward into the subject. Those additional paths inward from wide and different angles of course help to fill the harsh shadows from other paths, hence greater softness. The multiple angles do this. Diffusion can be good too, but a "diffused light" merely scatters the light, mostly ...


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Relative size (distance) is often correlated with diffusion/softness, as if the only thing you have to worry about/change is the distance of the light/modifier... which is wrong because distance significantly impacts the light output requirement, the resulting light falloff, and significant characteristics of the resulting image. Using modifiers/diffusion ...


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