A softbox is used to increase the apparent size of a given light source. It does this by diffusing the light source through several diffusion panels within a reflecting enclosure. By increasing the size of the light source, you soften the light and give it a wraparound quality and reduce harsh shadows, which is ideal for portraits. Softboxes are also used in many other types of photography including product photography.
Octoboxes are very popular for portraits, when used as a key light close to the camera axis. They provide a pleasing, almost round catchlight in the eyes of the subject, when used this way.
As with all softboxes, they can provide soft directional light, with wrap around quality.
This softbox comes with 3 removable diffusion panels, enabling you to alter the softness of the light depending on your requirements. Also included, is a honeycomb grid, which when fitted to the front of the softbox will further control the spill of light, creating a pleasing falloff of light.
This softbox is available in many fittings including Bowens Esprit, Elinchrom, Courtenay, Aurora, Broncolor Impact, Broncolor Puls, Balcar, Hensel, Multiblitz Profilux and Multiblitz Varilux.