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Large Softbox in a Small Home Studio by Gavin Hoey

4/27/2023 ISO 1200 Magazine 0 Comments

The bigger your light source, the softer the shadows, and when it comes to portrait photography, soft-edged shadows are more often than not the look that sells the shot. Softboxes don’t come much bigger than a 7-foot umbrella with a diffusing cover attached but using in such a large light modifier in a small home studio is quite a challenge.

In this video, photographer Gavin Hoey uses the 7’ Westcott umbrella to create three different looks. Starting with the goal of achieving a soft but evenly illuminated portrait, Gavin shares some helpful hints on the right way and the wrong way to use a softbox that’s as big as his subject. 

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About Gavin Hoey:

Gavin Hoey, an AdoramaTV veteran, is a seasoned photographer, a master of Photoshop, Olympus ambassador and trainer of all things photographic.Let's Get Connected:

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