Softbox Tag

Finally, someone has done it. The MagMod people have released the solution for portrait shooters in the wild. They have given us a softbox that makes sense. Strobists and event shooters have been getting presents in their professional stockings for years - flashes that operate wirelessly, light stands that really are light, softbox light modifiers that can be assembled in less than a day by a crew of RAAF airframe riggers...

I am a fan of the softboxes that I own, but I only own two - and they are strip lights with grids. They do rim lighting a treat but I do not ask more of them. I've owned other softboxes before - a big octagon and an absolutely enormous rectangular one. They functioned well, but ultimately were supplanted for my studio purposes by umbrellas and beauty dishes. Personal preference and prejudice, if you will. The use of a softbox with a portable flash is a little more unusual - people who opt for this have a need to take the soft lighting out into the field. They'll have to deal with how to fire the flash and how to support the rig, but these are simple basics - a folding stand and a radio trigger. The benefit will be a far softer and more workable light than available with a bare speedlight. Worth having for portraiture and fashion shooting - nearly essential for wedding work. Is it going to make a difference whether you get a 40 cm or a 50 cm...

Here's one for current professionals, budding professionals, and professionals who have long since gone to seed. A wonderful product that will stop you from killing someone. You're doing an event - a school ball, a corporate dinner, a ceremony...

When indeed. A question that might puzzle the ages - it certainly has received the attention of the manufacturers. Some of their answers are worth looking at.We all know what a standard soft box looks like - we get the medium size square ones when we buy an Elinchrom D-Lite 4 or D-Lite 2 kit. Four metal rods, a funny-shaped ring, a black fabric pyramid , and a diffuser screen for the front. Clap it together and it does the soft-box look beautifully.Big ones from this same manufacturer can come in octagonal, rectangular, or narrow strip configuration - the all have their own characteristics and they are all needed for certain classes of photography. You can even get generic ones from other makers that will fit the Elinchrom and some of them have umbrella-like self erection. Great for travelling with it.Really huge ones are also made, but photographers contemplating putting these together need a will of iron, muscles of steel, and the language of a stoker on a bucket dredge. Once erected, they provide a buttery-soft light but when they...

Starting a studio? Going to try video for the first time? Need a softbox for your speed light?All good questions that a new studio enthusiast or student might ask themselves - and there are two good answers sitting out on the floor in the CL sale right now - you'll have to be fast because there are ONLY two.The first is a speed ring that has an integral 1/2" studio stand mount attached to it and a cold-shoe mount for standard portable speed lights at the back. Not a flimsy outfit - this is meant as a demo and display unit and really will last for a century. The speed ring is colour-coded for the CL softboxes, of which we have many and they are all on 50% off sale.The second is the same speed ring but with a solid mount and an Edison-screw socket mounted ready to take a standard light bulb - or a stronger photo light if you can find one. It would be perfect as a soft fill for video as it will be silent.Two only...

The CL softbox sale continues but you might take a hint from the title image and swoop into the shop - we've dropped the prices on these top-quality softboxes to 50% of marked price.If you've got a studio, or want to got a studio in the near future, now is the time to equip yourself. Come get the size you want while we still have them....

Go on. Harden up. Time to soften your photos.We've just put out a sales stack of CL-brand soft boxes and suitable speed rings on our bargain floor near the front of the store.The CL boxes come in all sorts of sizes - from little 40 x 40 squares up to massive strip and bed boxes. There are octas as well. Also deep and shallow types and some with recessed fronts so that you can fit egg crate grilles.The speed rings are available for Elinchrom, Profoto, and Bowens - though there are a limited number of Bowens ones. As you'll see from the illustration, the rings are multiple-use types - they are colour-coded for where the rods are to be inserted.These are well-built items and would serve a good long time in professional use.The sale prices are 30% off marked retail for individual items - and if you buy the softboxes with a lighting kit we'll go to 40% off the softbox prices. It is a good opportunity to expand the light-shaping capabilities of your studio....