This article is courtesy of designer and strobist photographer Rick Nunn of Lincoln, England.
It’s been a few weeks since I’ve done a lit portrait, so I text my friend Leah & arranged something for today. I’ve had this location in mind for a while but hadn’t had the chance to use it. It was a good job. I had a torch with me because we couldn’t see a thing in there. We were pretty much shooting in pitch black, it made focusing a challenge but I still got a bunch of nice shots out of the evening.
Honestly all the cheap softboxes I have used have been horrid, really terrible — fiddly to put up, fiddly to take down. The first portable/strobist softbox I have come across that I have really liked is the Westcott Apollo, and I mean REALLY liked! This thing owns! So here I wouldn’t recommend going cheap — if you really want a softbox splash out a bit, you can pick them up for about £120 & IMO they are well worth it. Also Westcott recently announced that they have a new distribution partner in the UK, so that should make it even easier to get their products.
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- Camera: Canon 5D MkII
- Lens: Canon 50mm F/1.4
- Flashes: Canon 580ex & 430ex
- Light Modifiers: (2) Westcott 28″ Medium Apollo
- Accessories: 2 light stands, 2 light brackets, a tripod & RF-602 Triggers.
- Shutter Speed – 1/125th
- Aperture – F/1.6
- ISO – 250.
Westcott Lighting Gear In Action