As an artist, I've long had an affinity for soft, velvety light full of rich tonal gradations. Two main components determine the degree of softness of a light to subject:
A Chimera softbox increases the source size of a concentrated, artificial light source such a strobe head. It offers a controlled, diffused light that provides visual radiance and a balanced gradient of all 256 nuances of gray. Softer lighting produces flattering luminosity and subtle wrapping of light around your subjects.
Not convinced? There is a host of reasons to include Chimera's in your gear bag. For instance, harsh lighting leaves distinct marks on imperfect skin, whereas soft lighting minimizes unevenness.
Positioning a grid accessory on a softbox allows you to ensure that the subject, and not the background or other extraneous objects, is lit. Directional, soft light achieves a slimming effect, as graded shadow and highlights optically shave off excess.
In short, softboxes afford photographers maximal control over a shoot, and Chimera's lightweight, portable, and durable equipment is an industry-standard product that has been an essential component in my gear bag for years.
- The size of the source.
- The distance from the source to the subject.