This tutorial is about the lights photographers use. It starts off by describing the two basic lights available to photographers: hard lights and soft lights. With that out of the way, the tutorial moves on to compare two different types of soft lights: umbrellas and soft boxes (also know as bank lights). The tutorial describes a way to improve the catch lights a soft box creates in reflective subjects. Finally, the video explains how to make a simple diffusion frame that, when used with a light mounted on a second light stand, can replace a bank light. The primary reasons for building and using a diffusion frame instead of a soft box are as follows:
But, the real reason for using a diffusion screen, with a light mounted independently from it, is to provide you with three lighting possibilities that no commercially available soft box can. They are:
Total Expenditure: $29.04
It should be pointed out, that some collapsible metal hoop diffusers have a street price of close to $ 50.00 (with others coming in at over $ 85) and, while these diffusers certainly have a place in location photography (I have 4 of them!), the non-collapsible one described here is more adaptable for studio use, stores in a minimum of space (it’s only ¾-inch thick), and is certainly less expensive.