DIY Softbox

Hi and welcome to this blog post!

Sorry for the enormous delay in posting, but now I’m back with this interesting topic – how to build a softbox the easiest way.

Well, even if I’m using professional stuff most of the time I also like DIY equipment. πŸ™‚

Some photographers will lough now, maybe. But this is a very easy way to get a softbox. Also remind Joe McNally who uses windows with linen in front of them as a giant softbox. There are no borders to create a softbox. You do not always need that expensive Pro-Stuff.

Anywas, the easiest way to build a softbox is to use a carton. Some hardware stores sell those “automatic” cartons. One move and they are ready to go.
So, buy one of these and also a white color spray can. Paint the inside of the carton completely white. That will be the reflector inside our softbox.

In the next step tape velcro on the front edges of the carton and cut the upper carton lids first. Now get a piece of white linen or some other kind of cloth that fits the front of the carton, but let a edge where you will stitch the velcro onto it.
Finally, put the cloth onto the front of the carton and fix both with the velcro.

That’s it. Now you have a great softbox that you can set up and strip down very fast.

You can use the handle holes of the carton to put the softbox onto a stand. Also try to mount it onto a c-stand. I use Superclamps to fix it. Maybe you have another great idea how to fix it on a lightstand – just write a comment. πŸ™‚

This softbox is more for indoor than outdoor use.
The results are great. Don’t worry the softbox function is always the same. You really do not need to buy expensive softboxes for your home photo studio.

There are lots of carton types. Just use a bigger and flatter one for a much bigger and softer light. Feed all of them with one, two or more Speedlights.

Here is my very fast version of that softbox:

I used any carton I had at home.

For the inside of the carton I used aluminum foil, because I had not any white color at home. I made that very sloppy because it doesn’t matter how detailed you work. Just remember: It has to work not to look great. πŸ˜‰

In the next step I mounted the carton onto a light stand. Therefor I used Superclamps – one underneath another one above the handle hole of the carton.

Finally, I put a Nikon SB-800 into it and covered the carton with a white cloth.

And here you can see the result:

Looks like the light out of a typically softbox. Isn’t that kool? Of course it is. πŸ™‚ Just give it a try and maybe you can do it even better. πŸ˜‰
Have fun.

Bye!
Chris

Wow, suddenly they are using flash!

Hi and welcome to this short blog post about the current sports photography circumstances in Alsfeld.

When I opened the local newspaper’s sports section yesterday (and today) I was pretty surprised. A local sports photographer used flash for an indoor football game coverage! It’s interesting that after the publication of my strobed indoor sports photos other local sports photographers suddenly use flash, too.


This shot is a nice try in terms of using flash, but it’s still a simple straight on camera flash that – in all probability – disturbs the players, causes cast shadows, red eyes (see the goalkeeper), a flat 2D impression and no kind of dramatic. Of cause, this flash reveals the players and enables a faster shutter speed, but it’s just an unfavorable type of flash – it’s a straight flash. However, this photographer still made a good start to get better images in dark gyms. It’s really necessary to rise the level of the picture quality in our local newspaper – especially in the sports section.

Nevertheless let’s have a look at a shot that was made by using a professional off camera flash technique.


As you can see, this shot doesn’t show any cast shadows of the players. It’s kind of 3D because I was using two strobes that also helped to create a dramatic light. The visitors in the background are primarily lit by the available light and the players by the flash light. Because the flash light comes from the ceiling and is mixed with the ambient light, it doesn’t disturb the players.

Seems like my sports images and my way of lighting causes a new understanding of quality in local sports photography.Β  Would be nice to see more sports images of good quality in our local newspaper. πŸ™‚

Bye!
Chris