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Softbox and reflector positioning

pearly 14 23
21 Nov 2006 7:04PM
I've just been starting to shoot in a studio and learning all the time. I was wondering what would be the best position for a softbox and reflector to minimise shadows on the model's face I'd quite like to get some crisp shadowless photos.

User_Removed 16 17.9k 8 Norway
21 Nov 2006 7:10PM
conrad 16 10.9k 116
21 Nov 2006 7:17PM
Well, according to my teacher at the portraiture course I'm doing you need a symmetrical set-up for completely shadowless pics. But he calls that the Pixie Photo Set-up - it's the most uninteresting one he could think of. He also calls it the pliers or tweezers set-up - imagine the softbox and reflector being the ends of the tweezers and keeping them symmetrical and at similar distances from the subject.

Hope this helps.

pearly 14 23
21 Nov 2006 9:11PM
cheers guys, I'll experiment with these techniques Smile
Paul Morgan 19 19.5k 6 England
21 Nov 2006 11:31PM
Matthew I know your question is about using a softbox and reflecter for soft shaddow free effect. Have you yet tried using a single light sorce fired threw a translucent brolly. Positioned Correctly this also give great results with just a little soft shadow.

pearly 14 23
22 Nov 2006 10:25PM
cheers Paul, I haven't used a brolly yet, but I'll give it a try! have you got any photos with this setup in your portfolio? thanks
Paul Morgan 19 19.5k 6 England
22 Nov 2006 11:18PM
yes just about all my most recent entitled Enesta.


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