What is a SoftBox?
|Kuhl Lites™ from TableTop Studio|
Why Use a SoftBox?
Why use 4 x 30W Bulbs instead of a Single 105W or 125W Bulb?
Four 30W Bulbs give a total equivalent light value of 600W. Some SoftBoxes are offered with a single flat-sided spiral bulb of a higher power, such as 85W, 105W or 125W. Flat-sided spiral bulbs tend to direct the light only in one direction, giving more light in the centre where the bulb is pointing, and less light at the sides, surrounded by darker areas.
Some SoftBoxes are offered with a triple flat-sided spiral bulb option, such as 26W each (total equivalent light value of 390W). These are better than the single bulb option but they still do not provide anything like the same amount of spread of light that is provided by four 30W TrumpetTop bulbs. The four 30W TrumpetTop bulbs option is a little more expensive, but the increased light utilisation and the improvement in image quality means it well worth it.
|5000K Perfect Daylight TrumpetTop™ Bulb|
Why Use a Big Reflector?
Why Use Continuous Lighting?
Built-in camera flashes have additional problems, such as inflexibility of light direction and the inability to diffuse the light, creating hotspots, shadows and uneven lighting. The best light source for continuous lighting is a long lasting, cool-running bulb as this will allow you to have the lights switched on throughout the photography session at low cost and without overheating the studio, the photographer or the products. For these reasons, compact fluorescent bulbs are ideal.
Why Use 5000K Colour Temperature Lighting?
Why Use Compact Fluorescent Bulbs?
- are the perfect colour for the Northern Hemisphere, giving light identical to natural daylight (see below)
- use very little power relative to the light they produce
- stay cool and so are safe to touch
- do not heat up the lamp holders, light tent or the products being photographed (especially important for some products)
- have a long lifespan (typically 8,000 to 10,000 hours)
- are eco-friendly