Umbrella & Soft Box Lights

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  1. fayth_4_life

    fayth_4_life TPF Noob!

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    I am new to photography equipment, though I've been photographing for years and worked in a studio, though the equipment was provided and set up already. I do photography now mostly as a hobby and for family and friends, but I have purchased some backgrounds and would like to purchase lighting, but I'm not sure what would be best. I have looked at some continuous lighting, and was wondering which would be better umbrella or softbox lighting? Any suggestions and info would be greatly appreciated.
     
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    JIP No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I think it depends on your personal style and what effect you are trying to achieve. A good place to start might be http://strobist.blogspot.com/ I have recently started reading some of the lessons here and I think it is a great resource.
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Welcome to the forum.

    The main difference between softboxes and umbrellas is control and light spillage. An umbrella will pretty much put light all over the place, while a softbox constrains it to the direction in which it's pointed. Umbrellas are much cheaper and easier to set up and store.

    Many photographers shoot with umbrellas, softboxes or both. I have heard some say that they don't like umbrellas and won't use them...I've never heard that about softboxes.

    HERE is a great site that allows you to choose from many different light modifiers and compare two, side by side.
     
  4. fayth_4_life

    fayth_4_life TPF Noob!

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    Thanks for the welcome and advice. Any suggestions or advice will be greatly appreciated, I will check out the links you all posted and hope it helps.
     
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    My advice would be to look at strobes rather than continuous lights.
     

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