Studio Flash Softbox Lighting Tutorial

In this video Gavin Hoey shows how to use the Ezy Up studio flash softbox with grid, he shows what effect the egg crate grid has and how you can use it to control the light in your shots.

The Ezy Up softboxes come in 2 sizes 80 x 120cm and the 120cm Octagonal softbox, both have internal diffusers, outer diffuser and egg crate grid. The grid is simple to apply and uses the Velcro type attachment they also come in Bowens and Elinchrom fit.

Ezy Up 80 x 120cm softbox
Ezy Up 120cm Octagonal softbox

Studio Flash 180ws

The summer is now over and with autumnal weather setting in our thoughts  turn to what we can photograph indoors and possibly setting up our own studio, with a small studio set up you can take all those family portraits or even start a small business taking portraits and baby pictures. With this in mind we have come up with a great offer on our 2 head M180 studio flash lighting kit a very versatile starter kit, the M180 heads are digital and we have 2 videos, one is an overview and explains exactly how they work the other one is a portrait tutorial to give you some ideas.

180W 2 head studio flash kit video

Studio Flash Lighting Tutorial video

Our special offer is that not only will you get the kit of 2 x M180 heads 2 x stands a 60 x 40cm softbox and an 80cm gold/silver reflector, were going to include a snoot (ST150), a wireless trigger (CYA4), 40 x 40cm softbox (SB4040) and a 91cm gold umbrella (GU110) these extras add up to a total of £88.66. This offer is only available for a limited time check the here to see if still available 180Ws Flash Lighting Kit.

We also have a great adapter available for this unit that allows you to use Bowens fit or S – type fit accessories and light modifiers Bowens fit adapter for flash heads

Not forgetting we also have 300ws – 800ws studio flash kits in our studio flash lighting categories

 

SuperSoftbox 5 Continuous / Video Lighting

We have a new Continuous lightingvideo lighting kit its our most powerful yet the Supersoftbox 5 this is a very powerful addition to our studio lighting kits.

With 5 x 105 watt daylight compact fluorescent bulbs 5400k CRI of 90 gives the equivalent of over 2000 watts of a tungsten bulb per head, they are switched on the back to allow a lower power setting either 3 bulbs on or 2 bulbs on.

Using a softbox of 60 x 80cm it uses 4 rods to secure it to the head and it has an outer diffuser, the head can be used without the softbox and has the facility to use an umbrella. There is a handle on the back of the head to allow easy positioning.

These kits are ideal for still photography and for video lighting.

Supersoftbox 5 single head kit

Supersoftbox 5 two head kit

Supersoftbox 5 three head kit

Video Lighting

Continuous Lighting

Daylight Bulbs

Studio Flash Softbox Offer

Up until the end of August we have some great offers on our studio Flash softboxes up to 15% off selected boxes. All our softboxes have an inner and outer diffuser.

60 x 80cm softbox available in Bowens and Elinchrom has 15% off

80 x 120cm softbox available in Bowens or Elinchrom fit has 10% off.

80 x 80cm folding softbox available in Bowens or Elinchrom fit has 10% off.

80 x 120cm Ezy up softbox including a removable grid available in Bowens or Elinchrom fit has 10% off.

Octagonal 150cm softbox available in Bowens or Elinchrom fit has 10% off.

Octagonal 120cm Octagonal Ezy up softbox including removable grid available in Bowens or Elinchrom fit has 10% off.

Check out our special offers category.

We have a great video showing how to get some great results from an octagonal softbox the 120cm Softbox Portrait Lighting Tutorial

Up to Half Price Reductions

Following our warehouse reorganisation we have some great deals for a limited period.

Half Price – 95cm Octagonal softbox with universal speedring.

Half Price – 200cm x 150cm Gold – Silver reflector

Half Price – Sand / Gravel bags

40% off  – Large Professional Heavy Duty Lighting Boom only available mainland England Wales and Central Scotland.

30% off – 60 x 40cm Softbox to fit small form flash heads and also Portaflash

25% off – 40 x 40cm Softbox to fit small form flash heads and also Portaflash

25% off – Large studio Lighting Case / Bag

25% off – Background support poles

25% off – Large Barn Door with gels

25% off – Studio Bag Medium

25% off – Umbrella softbox

25% off – Studio Clamp

10% off Lightbank Softbox

 

You can see all these items in our Special Offer Category

Until the end of  July while stocks last.

Light Modifiers and Reflectors

We have a new sub category now Light Modifiers and Reflectors under Studio accessories to list all relevant items to make the studio accessories various less cluttered as we have several new light modifier products.

The first new product we have is a beauty dish with honeycomb grid the honeycomb grid and diffuser are available separately, we have 2 fittings for this the Bowens s – type fit and Elinchrom fit. Next up is an Elinchrom fit snoot with honeycomb which complements the Bowens fit Snoot. A standard reflector Bowens fit for spill kill, other items in this category are Barn Doors with gels and aim to bring more products to this category when we can.

Chroma Key Green or Blue Backdrop

Chroma key’s history is in the movies and it all started with chroma key blue backdrop but in the last few years chroma key green backdrops have become the fashionable colour. It really does not matter what one you use but the important thing is the colour you are using that colour should not be in your subject, so for instance if you are photographing flowers with green foliage then chroma key green would not be a wise choice. Essentially your subject is shot against a chroma key backdrop and that colour can be replaced with another image, this applies equally to still digital photography and also for video and it is used extensively in TV and Films.

The most important thing in chroma key is that it is lit well and evenly lit go to our website for studio flash lighting or continuous lighting and video lighting. We have a video tutorial showing the use and technique of chroma key.

 

The software you need for still digital photography is something like Adobe Photoshop or a more economical version Photoshop Elements, with video there many different software packages such as imovie but I have found a video on Youtube explaining how it works with their software

You can find our cotton muslin chroma key backdrops and studio lighting including studio flash lighting and video lighting as well as the backdrop you will also need a background support.

Care of your cotton muslin backdrop first of all because it is cotton it creases and the first task is to get the worst of the creases out, there are several ways of doing this first off ironing is not advised as this can give a shine to the material that you don’t want. A hand steamer can be picked relatively cheaply and this is by far the best way to tackle the creases, once the backdrop is hanging from the background support gravity is helping, the other method is to use a spray bottle and mist it with water to ease the creases out. Being cotton it can be machine washed but should be given a fairly cool wash so that any dye will not run and tumble dry to help keep the creases out and as soon as you remove from the tumble dryer get onto the background support to minimise the creases. It really is a better idea to minimise the backdrop getting dirty in the first place as washing and getting the creases becomes a bit of a task.

May Studio Lighting offers

We have some great offers for May with up to 25% off selected items.

We have 2 sizes of softbox for the small form flash heads including Portaflash fits heads from 75mm to a maximum diameter of 95mm 40 x 40cm softbox and the 60 x 40cm softbox.

Large studio flash barn doors with gels, this fits to the fron of reflectors from 14cm to 18cm diameter.

 

 

Bowens s-type bayonet fit Snoot with honeycomb.

Our large 200cm x 150cm gold silver reflector this is great value if you need a very large popup reflector for your studio or excellent for outdoors use.

The heavy duty background support, this is a really sturdy piece of kit which allows you to have 3 backdrop in place fantastic value with this offer.

This offer is for the whole of May while stocks last.

You can go to our Special Offer category to see all the items on special

Boom Time

Here at Smick were booming well we are having offers on our studio lighting boom arms, first up is the Large Professional Heavy Duty Lighting Boom which if you have a studio or setting up a studio will serve you for many years. It comes with lockable wheels so is easily moved about and it has a swivel head, with a wheel on the back of the arm it allows you to position the head where you want it while it is in position, were giving a massive £65.00 off this so if you have thought about it now is the time to buy. This offer only applies to England, Wales and Central Scotland due to the large shipping size, all other boom offers can be purchased in any EU country.

Next up is the Professional Heavy Duty Boom Light Stand which is our best selling boom arm with a 4kg counter balance weight also comes with lockable wheels and is a great allrounder solid piece of kit that will take all you throw at it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now we have our latest is it a stand or is it a boom if fact its both Multi Purpose Boom Arm really versatile and really portable comes with wheels as an option, has a canvas bag for your counterweight which can be 2 large bottles of water, there is a video review by Gavin Hoey Multi Purpose Boom Arm. Last but not least our small lightweight boom arm Boom stand Lighweight for those lighter loads.

Multi Purpose Boom Arm

We now have a video review of our Multi Purpose boom arm which transforms from a 4 metre high light stand to a boom arm, this is a medium boom arm great for travelling and for the smaller studio. We have 2 other heavier duty boom arms the Professional Heavy Duty Boom Light Stand and the Large Professional Heavy Duty Boom Light Stand.

There is also a lightweight boom arm for light loads.