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Soft boxes and other light modifiers

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I'm getting interested in portraits and at the moment, I'm using a shoot through umbrella. Though later on, I would like to 'up' my game and get a soft box. I prefer the round shaped soft boxes to get that round catch light in the model's eyes. Here's a comparison between different light modifiers.


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Start by flipping the umbrella around and using it as a reflective modifier, that will give you a totally different look.   That's one of my favourite light setups.   

A lot of the round modifiers, especially the long ones, are highly focused and will give you a pretty hard light.  Most of my location shoots are dine with either a small 12x16" or a medium 24x32" softbox.  Anything larger isn't getting you very far outside, and really needs a pretty large studio space inside.

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