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Light in Photography - LIGHTING - FLASH
- ACCESSORIES - SOFTLIGHT
called softboxes, these pyramid units fit over the front of the flash
unit and are generally quite large in size. They are often available
in different shapes and each shape contains and directs the light
in a different manner. The sides are highly reflective and contain
the light within the pyramid shape directing it through a screen stretched
across the front of the unit. These screens can be made from a variety
of materials and each one will alter the light in a different way.
The lighting effect can be changed by altering the material the screen
is made from.
like barndoors that prevent the light from fanning out too broadly
onto surfaces like walls and ceilings can be fitted to the sides
of the softlight. A honeycomb filter, which is a metal mesh shaped
like a honeycomb and only allows the light to pass through in a straight
line, can be fitted across the front of some units. Large sheets of
coloured transparent gel can also be fitted across the unit.
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