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DIY Video Lighting: How To Get A Soft Box Effect

November 29, 2012 by  
Filed under All Posts, Equipment, Video Production

A soft box is a type of lighting device, usually an enclosure around a bulb comprised of reflective side and back walls and a diffusing material at the front of the light, that creates an even and diffused light on your subject. While we were at NAB, I shot this really short video from the Dedolight booth on the exhibit floor showing how this works in action.

Soft boxes are perfect for lighting interviews. You can pick up soft box lighting kits at very reasonable prices but you also can do this without that investment and I tell you how in the video.

(If for some reason you aren’t able to view the video here, you can watch it on YouTube.)

If you’re in the market for a light with a soft box, consider the Dedolight Basic Junior Soft Kit. Dedolight is one of the most respected brands in the film industry.

Shooting an interview and video lighting are two of the topics we go into greater detail in our Special Interest Video Academy. We take you into our studio, show you how we set up our lights and you can get started setting up a home video studio on a budget.

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3 Responses to “DIY Video Lighting: How To Get A Soft Box Effect”
  1. Shoot-through umbrellas work great with lights that you already have. Umbrellas are cheap, versatile, and easy to set up and transport. I have a 34″ Britek softbox that I never use because it is just too much trouble to put together and move around a set. You can diffuse an entire set using a $2.50 Wal-Mart shower liner hung from a backdrop stand. Set up some floods or par cans on the other side. You’ll think you are in Heaven!


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