Gavin Hoey Illustrates How Softbox Size Affects Soft Lighting


Softboxes are one of the most versatile and easy to use lighting modifiers a novice photographer should first pick up. However, there are so many differently sized softboxes to choose from. What’s the difference and how can they affect your lighting?

Gavin Hoey of Adorama TV is here to answer all your questions with a new YouTube video. For starters, larger softboxes will illuminate your subject more evenly with soft lighting devoid of harsh shadows. Of course, this has always been true of all lighting sources but Gavin illustrates how a small or large softbox can help you achieve the exact look you want in your photos.

Gavin also highlights that an oversized softbox—such as the 7’ Westcott Parabolic Umbrella—is advantageous for moving situations where you need to move the lighting source well outside of the frame. Be sure to watch the video after the jump and see it through to the end where Gavin shows how you tweak the lighting in post processing with Photoshop.

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Kevin Lee

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