"What if I climb inside it?"
"There's only one way to find out..."
Last year I bought a large softbox - about 6 foot high.
Photo from Amazon
I've used it on a few photo shoots and really like the effect I get from it. You stick the lights in the side, and it diffuses across the large front panel, creating a soft light and creamy shadows.
Softbox in action (on the right) during my demonstrations over Spring Fling
I was photographing the artist, Isabell Buenz for a particular project I'm working on. But quite often on a photo shoot, once I've got the photo I set out to create, if we have time I like to experiment and play. The equipment is all there, but now the pressure is off, sometimes unexpected and interesting things can happen.
And in this case Isabell thought it might be fun to try out some shots of her inside the large softbox, rather than having it pointing at her. So in she climbed, I set up a flash on a stand on either side and took about half a dozen photos while she changed positions each time.
With light and shadows from both sides and the diffuse nature of the material, the result were quite abstract, even Picasso-esque in some places.
Here are some of the results, but for the full set, click through to my Facebook page