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Softbox Oopsy! Advice appreciated.


bexyboo88 Avatar
bexyboo88 9 2 United Kingdom
3 Jan 2020 9:19PM
Hi all, hoping you might be able to offer some advice.

Firstly, I'd like to mention that I am very much a beginner with photography and the equipment.

So basically I'm taking a lot of photos now of my dog as a she models the products I sell. She sits in front of a white wall with light coming from a window in front of her (Behind me from when I'm taking the photos). Quite a lot of the time I can struggle with the natural light if it's a dull day, so I thought it would be a good idea to get a softbox (as I've seen other people use).

So this Christmas I asked my dad for one. I linked him a few I liked the look of on Amazon and that had good reviews.
He got me a Luxlight 80cm Octabox Softbox with Grid.

Now, on the photo on amazon it just looks like it comes with everything you need... I find out when opening it up today this is not actually the case - No stand, and no bulb.... and where does a bulb even fit!?

I look it up and turns out the bowens s-type fit means it needs some kind of studio lighting thing! Oh my goodness they are so expensive! I did not realise all this Sad So just wondering if you could offer any advice - is there any cheaper alternative I can attach to it for the light? Or is there a budget studio light available? Also, what kind of stand would be able to support it? etc..

Any help greatly appreciated! Thanks you xx

Edit: I have come across a 'Godox SL 60W 5600K' with stand included for around £100 which is quite a lot cheaper than others I was looking at - would that work?
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JackAllTog Plus
14 6.4k 58 United Kingdom
3 Jan 2020 9:33PM
The link did not work, but no worries.

There are 3 lighting options - if you have a seperate flash unit and a trigger then you can get an adapter to fit your flash gun inside your softbox.
Or you can buy a seperate flash head as you mention.

Or thirdly you could use continuous lighting - this is some times easier to see what is going on and it often cheaper.
So for this 3rd option - Inside the Soft box you could fit a bulb and an e27 bulb type to S fit adapter. As well as the stand. But buying all the bits together may be an issue - it may be cheaper/easier to get something like this:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/CRAPHY-Photography-Lighting-Continuous-Equipment/dp/B07YB6WL6H/ref=sr_1_10
Good pics in the description to show how its used too.

Natural light on a dull day is not all bad if the dog can sit still for long enough, hard direct sunlight can be much more difficult if it shines into the window and onto the subject.
bexyboo88 Avatar
bexyboo88 9 2 United Kingdom
3 Jan 2020 9:47PM
Thanks for your advice JackAllTog.

I could just go for the ready to go option (which is what I thought the one I have was haha!) But since I have only just got this one for Christmas I kind of feel like I'd like to use it, seems very good quality too and wasn't cheap for just being the softbox without anything else.

I am interested in the idea of it being a continuous light though as I think this would be better for my dog than having it keep flashing at her. The e27 bulb type to S fit adapter, I've searched on amazon for but can't seem to find anything?

I have been watching lots of Youtube videos on softbox lighting etc.. to get to grips with it all Smile
bexyboo88 Avatar
bexyboo88 9 2 United Kingdom
3 Jan 2020 10:07PM
Would something like this work with a bulb or is it not the right thing?
https://amzn.to/2ZVNVRa
Miles Herbert Avatar
Miles Herbert 21 1.9k 4 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2020 8:59AM
How about:

A Neewer s type bracket holder - the one with the stand as mentioned above!

A Flash Gun ... something like this one.



So around £80 to complete your kit!
Railcam Avatar
Railcam 16 967 2 Scotland
4 Jan 2020 11:21AM
You will also need a suitable radio trigger to go on the camera to trigger the flash.












Philh04 Avatar
Philh04 18 2.3k United Kingdom
4 Jan 2020 11:23AM

Quote:How about:

A Neewer s type bracket holder - the one with the stand as mentioned above!

A Flash Gun ... something like this one.



So around £80 to complete your kit!


Agreed... but you also need to add a trigger.... it is also important to remember that a 'soft box' needs to be close to the subject for the best quality light but this also means the light will fall off quicker (Inverse Square Law) Depending on the decor of the room it may be preferable to bounce the flash from the wall behind.
JackAllTog Avatar
JackAllTog Plus
14 6.4k 58 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2020 12:05PM

Quote:Would something like this work with a bulb or is it not the right thing?
https://amzn.to/2ZVNVRa


Yes that looks good for holding a speedlight flash unit, As the others have said you'll need a trigger too. - you can use a cheaper cable like this for just one speedlight - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Movo-FC20N-Heavy-Duty-Off-Camera-Replacement/dp/B00LAJUTQU/ref=sr_1_2 - I'd like a Nikon user to confirm this cable is Ok for your 3300 Camera?

A very reliable cost effective trigger i use is the canon version on this nikon one - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Yongnuo-RF-603NII-N3-Wireless-Flash-Trigger/dp/B00HRSW3TE/ref=sr_1_6
And with these radio triggers you can then add more flashguns and more triggers - the cable option only allows one.
( also you can used optical flash trigger where the camera flash gun fires flash signals to trigger the main speedlight flash - though this does not always work well in my experience.

Personally i'd probably set up the continuous setup for my dog, though this was a flash gun shot and they seemed fine for 10+ shots.

Or you could go all in and build up a full studio head flash light set as this would then do a multitude of different people/dog photos too.

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