Levina de Ruijter wrote in post #18550519
Right. That makes sense. I'm looking at softboxes now but not sure what to get. Is it the bigger the thing, the more the light is spread and softened? And what do the different shapes do? I mean I kinda understand how a round one would be good for portraits and a long rectangular for full body shots, but what would be good for tabletop photography? Square maybe? I'm looking into this now and bookmarked a few articles for further reading, like this one: https://www.adorama.com ...nding-How-Soft-Boxes-Work
I do wonder how much a softbox is going to affect the power of a speedlight. I mean it's not too powerful a light and boxing it in like that? Is that a consideration when buying? What kind of softbox would be a nice first purchase for tabletop photography (still lifes, me goofing around having fun)?
That must be it!
The general rule is the bigger the better, but you’re working within space confines.
The rounder the box, the more natural the catchlights. Softboxes effectively mimic windowlight, so large square ones are great for still life. Narrow strip boxes were invented for lighting bottles, and they’re great for rimlighting but theres other uses too.
The issue with speedlights and softboxes is that the speedlight already has a focus system built in, it’s designed to directly light something, pointing it at the front of a softbox creates a hot spot, softboxes are designed for bare bulb flashes, this can be mitigated, but it’s good to understand how light works.