Of­fer­ing soft­ness and di­rec­tion, it’s the por­trait pho­tog­ra­pher’s first choice

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A soft­box is a rec­tan­gu­lar-shaped panel fit­ted with dif­fusers, which pro­duces a wide bank of even il­lu­mi­na­tion. Like an um­brella, soft­boxes will also pro­duce soft light, but it’s more di­rec­tional. You won’t get as large a spread of light with a soft­box, so you have more con­trol over which ar­eas are lit and which are in shadow. And when shoot­ing close-ups, soft­boxes cre­ate more at­trac­tive, rect­an­gu­lar­shaped catch­lights in the eyes. Soft­boxes come in all shapes and sizes, each with dif­fer­ing ef­fects. The larger the soft­box, the softer and more even the light.

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