How to get softer light?

Started Sep 21, 2008 | Discussions thread
Shop cameras & lenses ▾
Flat view
dkyl Contributing Member • Posts: 668
How to get softer light?

I was wondering whether I can get softer quality of light using my existing equipment.

I only have 2XSB800's and a silver reflective umbrella that you can also peel off the back and use as a shoot through. In addition I have a large white/gold reflector.

No matter what configurations I used, I can't seem to get the annoying 'sheen' off the forehead and nose of the model.

I eventually did get success by firing the SB800's into the umbrella pointed at a large white wall then reflecting that light onto the model. But as you'd probably guess, firstly you need a white wall to be present and secondly I think a lot of the light is 'wasted?'

My question is what happens when I don't have a white wall to work with?

Can my current equipment produce the softer light I'm after or do I need to invest in other stuff, a softbox maybe, or a white umbrella instead of silver.

Best Regards

 dkyl's gear list:dkyl's gear list
Olympus Tough TG-4 Nikon D700 Nikon AF-S Nikkor 58mm f/1.4G Nikon AF-S 105mm F1.4E ED
Flat view
Post (hide subjects) Posted by
Keyboard shortcuts:
FForum PPrevious NNext WNext unread UUpvote SSubscribe RReply QQuote BBookmark MMy threads
Color scheme? Blue / Yellow