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Lighting w/ Softboxes in Smaller Shoots
on Feb 14, 2006 at 12:07:02 am

Howdy Cowpokes,

Can anyone point me to information sources which center around lighting with Softboxes for video?

Can Softboxes be the centerpiece in a lighting setup?

My situation is that the shoot is a small one and (this is only a presumption on my part) maybe a Softbox would facilitate things with tighter setup times and where the crew is smaller


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Frank Otto
Re: Lighting w/ Softboxes in Smaller Shoots
on Feb 14, 2006 at 4:58:22 pm

I use softs all the time for interview and product shots. The only problem I have in very small rooms is spill from a too wide source which can be overcome with egg crate grids or flags and cutters - or even a flag made of "blackwrap"- a black annodized aluminum foil.

Three point lighting isn't etched in stone. Often I use just the softbox as the only "source", placing it 30deg. off center so I get a darker side of the interview. Occasionally, if the shot needs separation I'll hit it with a 150-300w. fresnel if I don't have a natural source in the room like a table lamp or window.

Alternatively, pointing that 300w. fresnel to the wall with a wash/slash/poof/glow/(insert your favorite look here) works if you don't want a backlight or don't have the room for separation. You can also use color gel on the light to accent the room or the person.

Cheers,

Frank Otto



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