21. Soft single light Learn how to create the softest single light setup possible in this informative chapter. Comments June 28, 2017 Log in to Reply scott dabinett This has been the most benifical single light video for me so far so thanks but could I ask what difference would it have, if any to use a 100 x 100 or 60 x80 soft box with out anything else changing? June 28, 2017 Log in to Reply Karl Taylor Hi Scott, yes there is a difference based on the surface area size of the softbox. The 100×100 is bigger so the light will be softer. Check this chapter for a clear explanation https://www.karltayloreducation.com/course_video_page/introduction-and-understanding-light/ and also watch this chapter for further examples https://www.karltayloreducation.com/course_video_page/lighting-modifiers-and-their-effects/ June 30, 2017 Log in to Reply Anthony Scott This is an excellent lesson. I have that same 85mm lens but would have never thought to incorporate an extension tube along with it and frame so closely. I’m very pleased with this course. August 8, 2017 Log in to Reply John Patton I was thinking the exact same thing! July 3, 2017 Log in to Reply Svein Arne Grønnevik Excellent lesson and very useful with the examples in the smaller studio. I guess I will be able to replicate the settings from the shoot with my 150 Cm Octobox softbox? July 3, 2017 Log in to Reply Karl Taylor Thank you Svein and yes no reason why not. July 4, 2017 Log in to Reply Pradeep Somanahalli Excellent..:) July 28, 2017 Log in to Reply Jason Dudley Outstanding. Very detailed and informative. Light distance ratios of the inverse square law as it applies to brightness of eye highlights or glossy skin is something I would never have thought of. It makes perfect sense to apply to specular reflections as well. Thanks. Great courses. August 3, 2017 Log in to Reply Paulian Morris The large soft source is my favorite as close as possible giving the wonderful wrap around soft feel August 18, 2017 Log in to Reply Jonathan Ramasamy Hi Karl, I have invested in few speedlights already, would it work as well as the lights you using in those excellent tutorials? August 19, 2017 Log in to Reply Karl Taylor Hi Jonathan as long as you can diffuse the speedlite into a large light source then yes. For example putting a speedlite into this particular type softbox would work well. August 25, 2017 Log in to Reply Ryo Hi Karl, I just want to ask a simply question. I saw your video, when you shot portrait or beauty, you often shot as horizontal frame. Can you give me some advice for when to shot horizontal or when to shot vertical more often? Thanks August 25, 2017 Log in to Reply Karl Taylor Hi Ryo, I’m afraid this comes down to personal preference. Study lots of photographs you like from lots of different photographers and make a note of when they are vertical or horizontal and see if you can start to build a ‘feeling’ for why and when they work. I’m afraid I can’t tell you why I go for one over the other it’s just a feeling of what will work and often I shoot both anyway. October 9, 2017 Log in to Reply Natia Gelantia I am so glad that this courses cover small studio comparisons as well, as I have the smallest studio in the world )) .. Really helpful tips to consider.. Thanks. October 17, 2017 Log in to Reply Geoff Guthro Excellent tutorial again. I’ve made the mistake of soft box distance. And this explains the shiny skin and catch light difference between distances of the light. It’s amazing after you learn something and review your past work how glaring the mistakes are. I will definitely be producing better work from this tutorial alone. October 19, 2017 Log in to Reply Kryn Sporry Love this light. Looks gorgeous. I always had quite distinct highlights in the eyes. Now I understand, I need to bring the soft box even closer! Thanks! Nice to see Urs participate too. October 20, 2017 Log in to Reply darren white The information in these course videos is priceless. It’s like getting the final piece of the jigsaw and then everything just suddenly clicks into place. Thank you Karl and the team. October 20, 2017 Log in to Reply Karl Taylor Thank you Darren, spread the word to help us bring you an even better service! 🙂 November 11, 2017 Log in to Reply Anthony Leurs At last Karl I now know how to use a soft box correctly, and I am able to get beautiful soft light thank’s to understanding the inverse square law, thank’s Karl great tutorial. Tony Leurs. November 18, 2017 Log in to Reply Bogdan Rusu Karl, please do tell if your final shots are straight out of camera or a little retouched. Your lovely model has an awesome make-up and skin. But with my 100mm macro Tokina I always bring up the model’s face look like the surface of the Moon. I’m not talking here about the lights, I used them in the softest manner I could. November 19, 2017 Log in to Reply Karl Taylor Hi Bogdan, apart from the removal of a couple of small pimples with is what it looked like straight out of the camera. Soft light used like this is usually quite flattering to models with good skin and make-up, harsh point lighting on close up on models would require more retouching though. January 15, 2018 Log in to Reply Kevin Le Cras Another excellent video. I had a few aha moments there! I’ve got a slightly larger 180×136 softbox, so going to have to give this a try as it’s a fantastic soft look. January 26, 2018 Log in to Reply JITESH ROHRA This is invaluable stuff Karl, thank you! Do you think there is a way to shoot full length shots with a simple light setup in a small studio? January 29, 2018 Log in to Reply Karl Taylor Hi Jitesh, yes of course there is as demonstrated in all of these ‘One Light’ setups! February 27, 2018 Log in to Reply Carlton Hart Karl, Such a valuable lesson on the size and distance of light. I still see some many photographers placing the softbox and other large lighting sources so far away. March 19, 2018 Log in to Reply Tony Mullins Hey Karl. I am wondering what the other photographer (Ors?) was talking about after the set of close-in shots at around the 9:00 minute mark. He says something about the cropping of the frame and the model’s forehead. Does he want to lower the amount of forehead in the shots, or increase the amount of forehead in the frame? I just couldn’t quite hear what he was saying. Is there a preferred amount of the forehead to include or a specific way to frame the face on extreme close-up shots like this ? Really enjoying the lessons. I have taken pages of notes. Take care. Tony April 4, 2018 Log in to Reply camille chaudeurge Hello Karl , thanks for all the great classes . Do you have any idea if the flash damage the eyes ? And if putting the flash closer to the model is damaging more her eyes ? Thanks , I am modeling since 22 years and it is always a question i had in mind when the photographer was putting the light so close. April 6, 2018 Log in to Reply Karl Taylor Hi Camille, if you have a very powerful flash (1600J or 3200J) and it is almost bare or with the standard reflector and you looked at it when it flashed then yes this could temporarily damage your eyes. Generally speaking when they have softboxes or umbrellas on the light is diffused so the intensity in the eyes is not as strong and i’ve not know any model who has had a problem. April 14, 2018 Log in to Reply AUSTIN KOHLER Karl, I’ve noticed you seem to enjoy shooting with your flash on manual, however, do you ever use TTL for portraits? Quick business headshots possibly? June 8, 2018 Log in to Reply vikram singh amazing demonstration… thanks July 10, 2018 Log in to Reply Susan Marles Hi Karl. If you have time, I was wondering if you could tell me what the photographer is doing when focusing on the model, around 9:20 in the vid? It looks like he aims a little higher and then moves the camera down a smidge before taking the shot. Why is he doing that? July 11, 2018 Log in to Reply Karl Taylor Hi Susan, he’s locking the focus on the models eyes with the central focusing point and then recomposing the shot so her eyes are not in the centre of the picture. July 11, 2018 Log in to Reply Susan Marles Thank you! Great lesson. Comments You must be logged in to leave a comment.