We Wanted some new lighting and modifiers to raise the bar for our headshots, and had been looking at investing and updating some of our equipment in the run up to Christmas.
Two things on the shopping list were a battery powered studio head, for portability, and a large parabolic softbox.
It isn’t a true parabolic, but a large 16 point deep softbox.
Softboxes are the things which modify the light coming from a studio flash head.
They are often square or octagonal.
The octagonal ones have, surprisingly, 8 points around the edge.
However, the 16 point ones give a smoother edge, especially in the catchlight of the eye, looking very natural, like the reflection of the sun.
The bigger the softbox, the softer the light, and the one we ordered was absolutely huge.
We were hoping that it would be manageable, but it was just too big at 60 inches – which is a 5′ opening at the front.
The company we bought it from Selens, gave us a hassle free return procedure, and we ordered the next size down which was perfect.
The softbox is as big as it can be, whilst also being manageable.
Once made up, the Selens softbox gives such a soft light, it is perfect for headshots.
At the same time, we ordered a Pixapro battery operated studio head.
This head we chose for a number of reasons, which will become apparent in later posts, as it has certain capabilities and properties we will be needing later this year for upcoming projects.
Heidi volunteered to give them both a whirl, and produced an absolutely gorgeous headshot.
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