A Guide to Softboxes in Photography
Softboxes are an essential tool for photographers and videographers who need to control and modify the light in their images. A softbox is essentially a box-shaped device that is used to diffuse and soften the light emitted from a light source. They come in a variety of sizes and shapes, each with their own unique uses and advantages. In this article, we will explore the different types of softboxes and their uses.
Rectangular softboxes are the most commonly used type of softbox. They come in a range of sizes, from small ones that can be mounted on a speedlight to large ones that can be used with studio strobes. These softboxes produce a rectangular, even light that is perfect for portrait and product photography. They are also ideal for creating a soft, even light source that can be used for video production. The Feelworld FSR120’s rectangular shape and dimensions of 30x120cm make it ideal for full-body portrait photography. It is extremely well built, using a steel construction and is waterproof and features an interior lining of a highly reflective coating to prevent light absorption. It also comes with dual diffusion capabilities, allowing the softbox to be configured for different light output styles, such as the honeycomb grid which increases the level of control photographers have over the direction of emitted light. It comes with a Bowens mount to allow for maximal compatibility with other lighting products, and works excellently with Feelworld lights such as the FL125D Daylight lamp. Feelworld rectangular softboxes also come in the smaller 60x90cm size in the FSR90.
Octagonal softboxes are similar to rectangular ones, but they produce a rounder, more natural-looking catchlight in the subject's eyes. They are ideal for portrait photography, as they create a flattering, even light that minimizes shadows. Octagonal softboxes come in a range of sizes, from small ones that can be used with speedlights to large ones that can be used with studio strobes. The Feelworld FSP90 and FSP60 parabolic softboxes have a large diameter of 90cm and 60cm respectively, making them suitable for larger studio setups. Its 16 steel umbrella ribs are lightweight but flexible for increased durability and stability. It forms a round, omnidirectional light. The deep parabolic shape forms a uniform light which can be adjusted through incorporated dual diffusion to form different edge effects, making the FSP90 ideally suited for portrait photography. These softboxes are easy to setup and pack away into their included protective carrying cases, making them a breeze to move from one location to the next to get great shots. The FSP90 and FSP60 come with a Bowens mount to allow for maximal compatibility with other lighting products, and works excellently with Feelworld lights such as the FL125B lamp, and is also available in a smaller size, with the Feelworld FSP60 having a diameter of 60cm.
Lantern softboxes are a unique type of softbox that produces a diffused, omnidirectional light that is ideal for video production and portrait photography. These softboxes are shaped like a lantern, with a spherical diffuser that distributes light evenly in all directions. They come in a range of sizes, from small ones that can be mounted on a speedlight to large ones that can be used with studio strobes. One of the key advantages of lantern softboxes is their versatility. Unlike traditional softboxes, which produce a directional light, lantern softboxes produce a diffused, omnidirectional light that can be used to create a variety of lighting effects. They are particularly useful for video production, as they create a soft, even light source that minimizes shadows and produces a natural-looking light that is ideal for interviews and other on-camera work. Lantern softboxes are also ideal for portrait photography, as they create a flattering, even light that minimizes shadows and produces a natural-looking catchlight in the subject's eyes. They are particularly useful for outdoor shoots, where they can be used to create a soft, diffused light source that is perfect for portraits. The Feelworld FSL65 65cm diameter lantern softbox is great for these applications, and even comes as standard with “barn door” attachable shielding to give videographers and photographers even more control over the direction of their light. Like all Feelworld softboxes, it attaches to lights via a Bowens mounting bracket.
In conclusion, softboxes are an essential tool for photographers and videographers who need to control and modify the light in their images. The type of softbox you choose will depend on your specific needs and the type of photography or videography you do. Whether you need a softbox for portrait photography, product photography, or video production, there is a softbox out there that will meet your needs. At Feelworld UK Limited, we pride ourselves on being able to provide great tools for creators at a great price, all with fast UK shipping. Discover the rest of our range of Feelworld camera monitors here and SEETEC broadcast monitors here.