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    Default What is a softbox? Barndoor?

    I hear these two terms come up very frequently when watching some friends take shots for magazines in a studio environment. Exactly what are these two tools and what do they do?

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: What is a softbox? Barndoor?

    Originally posted by NEoPHYte31
    I hear these two terms come up very frequently when watching some friends take shots for magazines in a studio environment. Exactly what are these two tools and what do they do?

    Thanks!
    Soft Box : What you end up with when you dunk a cardbox box into the sea.

    Barn Doors : The doors of a barn.




    ok ok, the correct ones:



    Softbox: The very large diffuser fitted over a flash unit to help soften and increase the area of light. This gives a very soft, diffuse effect. (3rd from left)

    Barndoors : The metal flaps around a light which controls how wide/narrow the dispersion is. Usually found on video lights. (2nd from left)

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    CK

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