comparing softboxes

Photo talk. Here we talk about everything relating to taking photos. From lighting modifiers to new camera and lenses to flashes and everything else coming out in the picture taking world.

If you have questions about Adobe Photoshop or Gimp do not look any further. Today we are going to tackle one of these items.

Lighting modifiers – Softboxes

The “softbox’ is a lighting modifier that goes over the flash. It is made out of fabric. The front is usually white and color and is semi transparent. Usually the outside of the softbox is black in color and on the inside it is silver or white with ridges. It is used to make light bounce around the inside of the box before going out through the front of the semi transparent front. It softens shadows and gives light a not so harsh look. Used by amateur and professional photographers for decades. Lets review some of them. This is a general review of the brands of these softboxes.


    1. White lighting-

Generally the cheapest of all of the softboxes around. Quality is so so. If you are starting out this is the way to go. It will give you an idea of what you would like in a softbox and what you do not like. All the ones below are an upgrade but they are all different and more expensive.

    1. Chimera-

This is one of the most common softboxes in the industry. Used by movie production company’s around the world. Based in Colorado they are a movie and photography standard. Great quality and good overall light softening. More expensive than the white lighting brand but definitely a step up in the photo/movie world.

    1. Profoto-

A lighting modifier company from europe. Great quality and great overall light softening. These softboxes give a sort of a commercial type look. If you are doing portraits or commercial photography these are a great fit but they do come at a price. Usually more expensive than chimera or white lighting but the lighting that comes out is definitely quality wise above the previous two.

    1. Broncolor-

Broncolor has been around for a long time. All of the items they make are at the top in quality and also in price. If you have enough money for one of these softboxes and want one GET IT. You will not be disappointed by it. It is the softest in light quality compared to all of the companies above. If I had enough money I would get a para umbrella. It is a must if you do portrait photography and want to stand out from you competition.

If you want to check out some companies that use these types lighting setups check out some of the models on others free sites, lots of them have great control of light even know it is focused on different types of photography they have great use of lighting modifiers. Lots of softlight and also lots of use of grids (which we will cover next update). So it is very flattering to the human form.

Another site that is great to see great lighting even know it is in movie form and not photography (same rules still apply though) is at this It is a list of great lighting elements in photography and the movies from Sin City to Silence of the Lambs. Great info on how to use lights and see the effect of what is going on in the diagrams that are on their site.

We will talk to you next time about grids.


See you soon