My Softboxes

I have a range of DIY softboxes which I use for macro photography. In each case the light from the flash is first spread onto a surface which then lights the subject with a much softer light than with the bare flash.

My First Softbox

My first softbox was a fairly simple cardboard arrangement which I still use when I’m at home taking macro shots at a magnification of 1:1 or less. For information on how I made it, see: I made a softbox for my flash

My Collapsible Softbox

I next made a collapsible version of my first softbox which easily fits into my camera bag meaning I can take it with me on walks, etc. I use it under the same conditions as the first one – with magnification of 1:1 and less. See: Collapsible softbox

High Magnification Softbox

As I started using extension tubes, I found the larger softboxes were too large and I was not getting enough light to stop down and increase depth of field. This box is quite compact and so can be easily carried in my camera pack. I use this with extension tubes when magnification is greater than 1:1.

Long Focal Length Softbox

When I got my 200mm macro lens in January, I found that the existing softboxes were too far from the subject and not giving me enough light. I made a new collapsible softbox which extends the light surface to in front of the lens.

For more information, see: My Softboxes

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