For the softest, most flattering lighting, two softboxes will give lovely results.
In this case one 100x100cm and one 70x70cm softbox have been combined. As you can see, the main light was placed on the right of the camera and the fill, set at 1 f-stop less, was to the left. A third head fitted with a honeycomb was directed at the back of Laura’s head to bring out the colour
and detail in her hair.
The lighting hasn’t changed! But just look at the difference a change of background has made! A little extra distance between your subject and the black background will keep the light off it and give a rich deep black.
Beautiful soft, flattering light!
To get a good black background - keep the light off it!