Joe McNally Teaches You How to Add Soft Directional Light to Portraits

Joe McNally Lastolite Ezybox

Photographer have long known the best light for portraits is defused, directional light but what about adding some extra illumination in broad daylight? Despite how redundant it might seem to add even more light when the sun is high in the sky, sometimes an extra hint of fill light can make your pictures pop more and clearer.

Luckily professional photographer savant Joe McNally is here to show you how its done right. In an episode of Adorama TV video Joe shows off how the Lastolite Ezybox softbox paired with a Nikon SB-910 speedlight can add soft directional light to make a picture really sing.

Thanks to a new white interior for the Lastolite softbox that Joe thought up, the Ezybox adds a soft shower of illumination that naturally falls off the subject’s body. Normally the same softbox would come with a silver interior, which would produce a much crisper and contrasty image, but at the cost of producing a much brighter center of illumination. We much prefer the natural softer look of this the white Lastolite Ezyboz with the white lining too.

In case you were wondering what other gear Joe had on hand for the shoot he also used a Nikon D800E with a Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8G lens, and an Avenger C stand to hold his speedlight. Check past the jump to see the video.

Kevin Lee

Kevin Lee is a freelance journalist and photographer based in Brooklyn.