SOFTBOX?

8 years 11 months ago #193676 by Dan13lle
Im planning to get a softbox. I need some help on some proper ways of using it. It will be used mainly on outside shoots. I guess my main question is how would i set it up for example ISO, shutter speed aperture, White balance etc.


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8 years 11 months ago #193678 by Ogy55
A softbox doesn't really change your ISO setting or your white balance ...

Basically you put the softbox over your flash and you'll probably want to set your FLASH COMPENSATION to +1 or +2 (depending on the softbox) and use it that way

For a more thorough instruction are you using this on a strobe or a flash ... just kinda wondering a bit more info.


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8 years 11 months ago #193679 by L44Loo
A soft box is just a light modifier. Need to know about the light itself, in order to help you.


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8 years 11 months ago #193680 by Dan13lle

Ogy55 wrote: A softbox doesn't really change your ISO setting or your white balance ...

Basically you put the softbox over your flash and you'll probably want to set your FLASH COMPENSATION to +1 or +2 (depending on the softbox) and use it that way

For a more thorough instruction are you using this on a strobe or a flash ... just kinda wondering a bit more info.


I will be using a strobe.


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8 years 11 months ago #193681 by Dan13lle

L44Loo wrote: A soft box is just a light modifier. Need to know about the light itself, in order to help you.


It will be a night shoot and I'm using a alienbee strobe.


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8 years 11 months ago #193687 by Ogy55
Put the softbox on your alienbee. Easiest thing that you can do is get a flash meter to meter your flash out put and shoot away.


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8 years 11 months ago #193690 by L44Loo

Dan13lle wrote:

L44Loo wrote: A soft box is just a light modifier. Need to know about the light itself, in order to help you.


It will be a night shoot and I'm using a alienbee strobe.


The exposure from the strobe is controlled by the aperture setting and the power setting on the strobe. The shutter speed has no bearing on the flash exposure, just remember to keep it longer than your camera's max sync speed. The shutter speed can be used to control the ambient exposure though.

So if you use a fast shutter speed, 1/200 for example, your ambient (background) is likely going to be very dark. But if you use a long/slow shutter speed, then you can get more ambient exposure.

The aperture & ISO will affect both the ambient and flash exposures.

Lastly, the distance from the light to the subject, will also affect the exposure from the strobe.

A flash meter is the right tool for measuring the flash output, it would tell you what aperture you need to use for the shot. If you don't have a flash meter, then you should be able to get there by guessing & testing.


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8 years 11 months ago #193700 by Dan13lle
Thanks for all your help.


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8 years 11 months ago #193745 by KCook
Lighting dummy here :silly: . I thought soft boxes were mainly for studios? That umbrellas were preferred outdoors? Not meant as a silly jibe on rain, a serious query.

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8 years 11 months ago #193773 by Baydream

KCook wrote: Lighting dummy here :silly: . I thought soft boxes were mainly for studios? That umbrellas were preferred outdoors? Not meant as a silly jibe on rain, a serious query.

lighting dummy


I think the question was in reference to umbrellas, reflectors and/or diffusers, not light boxes.

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8 years 11 months ago #193810 by mattmoran

KCook wrote: Lighting dummy here :silly: . I thought soft boxes were mainly for studios? That umbrellas were preferred outdoors? Not meant as a silly jibe on rain, a serious query.

lighting dummy


I can't think of any reason not to use a softbox vs an umbrella outdoors.

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8 years 11 months ago #193847 by KCook
An umbrella is not a little more wind resistant? :dry:

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8 years 11 months ago #194289 by mattmoran

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8 years 11 months ago #194358 by KCook
Looked like they had some breezes too. Fancy video!!!

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