Softbox Size vs Soft Light: Take and Make Great Photography with Gavin Hoey: AdoramaTV

One of the primary uses of a softbox is to give soft lighting, but with so many sizes available, which one should you use? That’s the question Gavin Hoey sets out to answer in this video by comparing small, medium and large softboxes. Gavin goes on to demonstrate why large softboxes are needed by using the 7’ Westcott Parabolic Umbrella in a shoot.

After the photo session, Gavin jumps into Photoshop where he shows you a few tricks to regain some control of the light from a large softbox.

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  1. Photoshop Online
    April 15, 2015 at 12:33 pm #

    Wondering what size soft box you need for portraits? This is one of the
    clearest explanations and demos I’ve seen — by Gavin Hooey for Adorama.

  2. Ziggy Sheppard
    April 15, 2015 at 1:23 pm #

    Thanks Gavin. That was so useful.

  3. Paulo Gomide
    April 15, 2015 at 1:43 pm #

    Hi Galvin, which power did you set up for those photos with the RoveLight
    600 ?

    Thank you so much for this video! It helped me a lot.

  4. Yordan Georgiev
    April 15, 2015 at 2:13 pm #

    Where I can buy backdrop like this? 

  5. Rendy A.
    April 15, 2015 at 3:12 pm #

    What’s that lighting stand? It looks like a standard stand with ability to
    make it to a boom without extra poles needed… am I right?

  6. Samtagri
    April 15, 2015 at 3:20 pm #

    Nice camera angles there Gavin. Your home studio looks much bigger in this
    video ;-)

  7. kevin osborne
    April 15, 2015 at 4:04 pm #

    Always fantastic work from gavin!!!!!

  8. D. Onur
    April 15, 2015 at 4:44 pm #

    Thanks, Gavin. Very informative as always. Great new studio and even
    greater backdrop :)

  9. Rob Ashcroft
    April 15, 2015 at 5:16 pm #

    Excellent demo, Gavin. Thanks.

    At the end in PShop you used multiple tools in the same area to make
    exposure adjustments. Is that OK to do? I have always avoided that as I
    thought it might be a problem, causing a conflict in the same area – but
    I’m not sure.

  10. UberDurable
    April 15, 2015 at 5:33 pm #

    Hey Gavin, how do you like the 24-105 f4 in terms of sharpness? Do you
    consider switching to the 24-70 f2.8 in the future?

  11. WATCH CORN | Motion Graphics
    April 15, 2015 at 5:54 pm #

    Oh my god what a giant backdrop !

  12. Trondheimsveien6a
    April 15, 2015 at 6:23 pm #

    Hi Gavin, very interesting Video including tips for editing in Camera Raw
    8.7. One Question: what is this gigantic seamless background scenery that
    you have in your Studio. Is it selfmade in the Studio? Can you elaborate on
    how it is possible to make. Many thanks. Roger

  13. Marc Blazek
    April 15, 2015 at 6:31 pm #

    what kind of backdrop was used ???

  14. andres cortes
    April 15, 2015 at 7:27 pm #

    What Photoshop do you recommend to buy for first time but something that
    would last long time. Do sale some of them on your shop

  15. Jon Ellis
    April 15, 2015 at 8:05 pm #

    I try and guess where the ‘subscribe’ button will appear.. to obvious this
    time! I didn’t hear the word Clarity… Gavin must be ill…

  16. koynakoy1
    April 15, 2015 at 8:58 pm #

    I didn’t hear you mention the additional flash lighting.

  17. Daniel Lee
    April 15, 2015 at 9:39 pm #

    The results are amazing. I wish I could get the 7′ softbox but it would
    take up most of my living room! haha

  18. Iván Mestre Jiménez
    April 15, 2015 at 9:43 pm #

    Softbox Size vs Soft Light: Take and Make Great P…:

  19. Alberto arce minaya
    April 15, 2015 at 10:33 pm #

    nice video master…..from Lima-Peru

  20. J Sevilla
    April 15, 2015 at 10:40 pm #

    Gavin can you do a video with the Rovelight to show the HSS or Hypersync
    feature. Thanks. 

  21. Wong James
    April 15, 2015 at 10:52 pm #

    Great Video ! Thanks Gavin !!!

  22. SBPV-TV
    April 15, 2015 at 11:12 pm #

    Great video. However, I am missing a comparison between different softboxes
    in full body shots. 

  23. Michael norman
    April 15, 2015 at 11:34 pm #

    Gavin is so awesome!

    April 16, 2015 at 12:29 am #

    Great tutorial. Love it

  25. Peter Tom
    April 16, 2015 at 12:51 am #

    As usual a great informative video but I do miss your 15 minute photo
    challenges and the way you find the photos in unusual places and then
    process them, hope to see some more in the future. Thanks and keep up the
    good job.