Ok, so you may be wondering what’s with the selfies that I posted the other day…
Firstly I’m not a big lover of selfies particularly the mobile phone selfies and please don’t get me started with the filters you know the ones I mean…
This video sums it up for me lol https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdemFfbS5H0
Well, to be honest, I really don’t appear too often in photos, If you asked me how many times have I had my photo taken my answer would be not many.
So going back to this post the reason is I was testing out a new softbox modifier. I really do need to start looking for someone who is willing to do some test shots in return for images. If anyone is interested message me with your details – you will be doing us all a favour that way you don’t have to see my ugly mug again lol.
The softbox in question is the Phot-R 60cm/24″ Studio Softbox Diffuser Photo Hotshoe Flash with Honeycomb Grid
It’s a nice compact softbox that folds into its own carry case for easy travel.
So my main aim was to test the softbox but I never just do one thing when testing I always like to push the boat out and experiment
My plan was as follows:
- Shoot a self-portrait with just one light
- Make the background go black (no need to set up a portable background)
- Shoot teethed straight into Lightroom
- Use live view setting on camera & test the focusing capabilities in this mode
- Shoot with just 50mm 1.8 lens wide open
Setting up the softbox was a piece of cake, just remove from the case when you open it, it goes from around 7″ to 24″ just like the pop-up tents then add the inner & outer diffuser panel just pop it onto a light stand and you are good to go.
But wait there is an addition to this kit and that is the honeycomb grid and this is very important if you wish to control the light spread from the box and for me to control the light hitting the background remember I want the background to go black this is essential
all that was left for me to do was put the camera on a tripod attach my faithful flash triggers to flash & camera attach the cable to camera & laptop sync it to lightroom & I’m good to go.
A couple things to take into account when doing this type of shot is: firstly you must take into account the position of the light on this occasion I went camera left around 45 degrees.
Secondly use inverse square law and remember to get the light close as possible to the subject on this occasion I had the light about a foot away from me and the distance from me to the background was around 4 or 5 feet allowing the light to quickly drop off before hitting the background and to finish off I slightly feathered the light at an angle by having the light slightly ahead of me to get more of a wrap around light.
Then shoot away & remember to have fun. 🙂
Shot A was taken without the honeycomb grid if you look closely you can clearly see that the light has spilled onto the background.
Shot B I added the honeycomb grid and you can see there is no light spill on the background also the light drops off the top
Looking at the two images I personally prefer image B I like the shadows and how it made the background go black also in image A you can still see part of the softbox.
And to finish off here’s me having fun 🙂