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November 4, 2015
4:51 pm
Daytona Beach, Florida, USA
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I just bought a 24 x 24 inch softbox..waiting for it in the mail. I want to use it at the big Christmas party in Nov. 

I had some umbrellas about the same size..little bit bigger i had used fairly often. I know softboxes have a little more directional control, like feathering the light. Also, I think that it will just LOOK BETTER to others than an umbrella. I mean more pro looking carrying it around.

I plan to use it mainly for 1-2 people only…head and shoulder shots and no more than that. Any more people, and i’ll switch to bounce or something else.

Can i hear other’s experiences with a softbox, which size do you use? I also just bought a couple of 36″ brolly umbrellas about 2 weeks ago and am trying to send it back for refund. I just find that the flash unit rides to much OFF CENTER of the thing. I also think it’s too shallow of an area to bounce inside before exiting.

November 26, 2015
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I use 30″x60″ softbox in my studio with strobes. I like soft and even light it gives, so you still can create a bit of drama, depending on how you positioning it. I also have stripbox wich I use a fill sometimes or highlight. I tent to use softbox for full body images and groups more. For single portraits I prefer Beauty dish + reflector. Umbrellas are my least favorite so far. I have them, but almost never use them. 

December 19, 2015
6:55 am
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That large of a softbox is expensive. I don’t have a studio or have “clients”, so it’s not practical for me to use. I wouldn’t have any place to store it anyway! It’s nice though to have! My sister’s husband who passed away a couple years back had a studio and he has tons of photo stuff. My sister gave me his Mark ii Canon a couple years back and i love it every day. I recently visited her in Michigan a couple months ago and she told me to pick out what ever i wanted left in the basement. He had like 10 tripods! and tons of stuff i didn’t know what it was….dollies on wheels for tripods ect…i couldn’t use that stuff. But I did pick out some things, including a large softbox about 4-5 feet square. But I have to wait till someone travles down here in Florida with a car to bring it all back to me…..

I picked out a really nice and very heavy tripod too.

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