How to create a gradient reflection with large softbox
One of the most common mistakes I see on many product shots: Softboxes used without a diffusers, highlighting glossy surfaces directly, or used behind diffusers but failed to create gradients due to various reasons.
In this short video I demonstrate how to overcome these issues and use a large softboxes to create cool looking gradient reflections with a sharp cut-off of the light.
Summary from this lesson:
- Try to use a narrower softboxes, or make a narrow from your large one by partially covering it with a black screen.
- If your subject has a glossy surfaces, use a diffuser between your light source (narrow softbox) and a subject.
- Position softbox at sharp angle to a diffuser to create a gradient “filling” on it.
- Try to create a sharp cut-off of your gradients by touching a diffuser with a softbox on the side. Works great on any glossy surface.
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