With a deep parabolic construction, the new Zeppelin softbox series provides a beautiful wraparound light modification for commercial, beauty, and fashion photographers. The Westcott Zeppelin Deep Parabolic line features a 35” (as used by Zach Gray in this video), 47”, and a 59” parabolic softbox. Each of these softboxes are lined with a reflective silver material, pulled taut for optimum light output. Supporting these large parabolics are 16 heavy-duty, heat-resistant rods.
Each Zeppelin softbox comes standard with both an inner and an outer diffusion panel. Both the half-stop outer diffusion panel and the half-stop inner diffusion panel can be used by themselves or in tandem. The outer panel is constructed with a hook-and-loop edge for quick placement. The inner diffusion panel utilizes elastic snaps for placement, ensuring safe placement within the Zeppelin. The inner panel is also manufactured with a 1-stop center dot, eliminating potential hot spots.
Here, Zach is using only the inner diffusion panel on the 35″ Zeppelin. This softens his light source, while allowing for a hint of specularity as light spills through the gap between the diffusion panel and the edge of the modifier. Zach utilizes a white panel as a subtle reflector to bounce light from the Zeppelin to fill in shadows on his subject. For headshots, he also utilizes a silver reflector to create a clamshell lighting effect.
Zach Gray in one half of Zach and Jody Photography. Zach and Jody Gray are a husband and wife team counted among Nashville’s top wedding photographers. Because of their standout composition and lighting techniques, they have gained national recognition and hosted numerous workshops all over the world.