Four Ways to Get Creative and ‘Think Outside the Softbox’


The softbox is one of the staples of light shaping, but are you using it the same way as everybody else? If you need a bit of an inspirational spark to light your creative fire, this short video featuring lighting expert Andrea Belluso will show you how to, in his words, “think outside the softbox.”

The video was created in association with Profoto (we’ll let you guess what brand of softboxes he’s using…) but the tips are universal. In a few minutes, Belluso demonstrates four very different fashion photography ‘looks’ using softboxes as his main light shaping tools—from a very dark and silhouette-ish style, to a light and airy look.

Watch the master at work below:

These four examples are obviously not the only ways you can use a softbox creatively, but if you find yourself in a rut, the four setups demonstrated here might give rise to a fresh lighting idea you hadn’t thought of trying before.

Speaking of which, if you have any ideas or lighting setups you want to share with the rest of us, drop them in the comments down below!

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