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

 

Portable softbox to fit Elinchrom and Bowens

We have a portable folding softbox for studio flash heads with speedrings to fit Bowens s type fit or Elinchrom.

The great thing about these is that they pack away into a small bag and take up very little room so are very portable, unlike conventional softboxes with rods, speedring and cover to contend with and can take some time to erect very frustrating when you are in a hurry.

Take the portable folding softbox out of the bag and the softbox springs open, fit the speedring attach the diffusers and you are ready to go in a few seconds, it is just as easy and fast to pack away .

A good size 80cm x 80cm and has a detachable internal diffuser and of course an outer diffuser also removable. It can be used in conjunction with our strobist adapters so that speedlights can be used with it.

We do also have conventional softboxes and some with grids.

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

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

Portrait Tutorial using Continuous Lighting

In this tutorial Gavin Hoey explores the use of shallow depth of field to shoot atmospheric portraits in the studio using continuous lighting. He’s using one of our Lightbank Softbox lighting units with daylight bulbs and explains just how you can achieve the same with examples along the way.

Along with the Lightbank Softbox is the sister unit Lightbank 350 that has the same power but with barn doors and a front diffuser. We have a whole range of continuous lighting not only for digital photography but also for video lighting.

In this video Gavin is also using the multi purpose boom arm.

Studio Lighting Bag off for Comic Relief

We are taking money off most of our studio lighting bags / cases and also giving money to Comic Relief.

Large Stand Bag is down to £23.00 and we will give one pound to Comic relief for everyone sold.

Studio Bag Medium is down to £30.50 and we will give one pound to Comic relief for everyone sold.

Large studio Lighting Case / Bag is down to £136.00 and we will give five pounds to Comic relief for everyone sold.

Donations will be made on all bags purchased from now until the end of Rednose Day on 18th March 2011

Studio Flash Portrait Lighting

Take one of our 400ws studio flash heads and a 120cm octagonal softbox, we also sell 150cm octagonal softboxes and see how you can achieve a soft wrap around light by following this delightful video anyone can achieve. In the video tutorial the versatility you can get with just a simple set up, add another flash head and using the large softbox as a backdrop achieve a pure white background, this is similar to how Lastolite use their background light boxes. Gavin Hoey presents this in a simple to understand manner without much jargon.

120cm Softbox Portrait Lighting Tutorial

In the E series studio flash heads and studio flash kits we have two power model 400Ws and 800Ws strobes both these have the same function and there is also an overview video.

E series overview video

We also have our popular SD series studio flash heads and studio flash kits there are two model 300Ws and 600Ws again the functions are identical on both these models and there is an overview video.

SD series overview video