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Become Better Photographer: The Best Position for your Softbox with Gavin Hoey

Become Better Photographer: The Best Position for your Softbox with Gavin Hoey
*For more information visit AdoramaTV YT page, and of course you can keep up with Gavin on Instagram. The model - Brian Mansi IG: @bmvoh

How diverse can a portrait photograph be if you are confined to a small studio with just one strip soft box? In this episode the amazing photographer  Gavin Hoey with Adorama TV is going to share his PRO tips on what positions of just one light can bring to your photo portfolio!

Gavin introduces his only modifier – ” I’ve got this  48 inch by 16 inch strip box.  Yes I know it is a big light source,  but it also opens up some questions  being fairly large  where should it be positioned  for best use?  Should it be in front of the model?  Should the model be in the middle?  Or should it be behind the model?  The answer is  it depends on the look you want to achieve.”

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In Gavin’s setup there is simple grey background, one light on camera’s left, and one model – Brian, who will not move at all for the sake of testing how exact same images would look with different strobe light positions.

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Gavin continues: “The distance between Brian and the background  will remain exactly the same  throughout all these shots.  The only thing that’s going to move  is the position of the Softbox,  so we can see how that affects  the pictures.  Now to begin with,  I’m going to start with a fairly  standard position for a Softbox.  In other words it’s in front of Brian. “

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“What we get here  is just a classically lit portrait.  There’s a little bit of shadow  on Brian’s right-hand side  as we look at the picture  and when Brian turns to look  towards the light source,  it’s a very similar story. “

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“For my next setup  what I’ve done is moved the Softbox backwards,  so now the back of the Softbox  is more or less  in line with the back of Brian’s head.  This is actually my go-to lighting setup for head-shots.  It means that most of the surface  of the Softbox is in front of Brian.  That means we get light coming all the way around,  wrapping around and lighting  well both the side nearest the Softbox  and a little bit on the cheeks  over the other side too.”

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Gavin also notes that due to change of the light position, the exposure will also change. So with every move of the light, make sure that you are still shooting at the same exposure by adjusting the light power (light meter might come in handy).  

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“Now we have a portrait  with a lot more contrast.  There’s plenty of shadow  on the right hand side  but there’s also plenty of detail.  I can see Brian’s eye.  There’s a catch light in it  and even when Brian turns  towards the light source,  this still works  and has a lovely three-dimensional feel.”

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Now I’ve moved the light  so it is exactly central on Brian.  There’s as much light on the back of him  as on the front.  Now in theory  this should give me a split light look;  a lit side and a shady side.”

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“There’s a bright side  and a dark side  and in those shadows there’s very little detail,  not even a catch light  but when Brian turns to look towards the light  it’s a different story.  This works fantastically  well as a portrait  and the background,  well that slightly brighter  because of course the softbox  is closer to it.” 

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In the last scenario Gavin continues: “So finally I’ve got the softbox,  so Brian is in line with the front edge.  That means almost all of the softbox  is behind him.  That should give some interesting effects.  Firstly it means much more of the light  is going to reach this background  that should go a lighter tone of gray  and very little light is actually going to reach Brian.  Certainly very little on the opposite side of him  at least but the challenging part  of this is actually getting the metering right. “

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“The background  is much brighter  which is to be expected  and the shadows on Brian’s face,  well they’re creeping  evermore to the left-hand side  as we look at the picture.  When Brian turns towards the light,  well actually I can see  a little bit of detail in the eye  on the right-hand side  and this would make a great portrait  if the background  was a nice deep dark black. “

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Mr. Hoey concludes: “as you can see  by moving the softbox around,  we can completely change the look on Brian,  so let’s do a little bit more creative photography!” 

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WANT TO  LEARN  PHOTOGRAPHY?

Check out our WORKSHOPS in Los Angeles that teach you hands-on how to make great photos!

One of our closest workshops – How to Shoot Long Exposures with Colored Gels

will take place on February  20th, 6-9pm, in one of our Los Angeles studios !!

 

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