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