Studio A: Chimera Softboxes

Studio A: Chimera Softboxes

Atomic Canary Baltimore (Studio A) has some very powerful strobes in the Speedotron Force 10’s which put out 1000ws of sun dimming, ambient killing, power.

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So what type of soft box is adequate to slap in front of such a powerful lighting tool? The studio staff has always been a fan of Chimera soft boxes. Coming from the broadcast video world, Chimera is a well respected name in lighting modifiers.

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Built from durable, heavy duty materials, the Chimera soft boxes come with a deep lip to accommodate a fabric grid, or to use to control light spill. This deep lip, which is black in color, will produce more of a ‘hard edge’ to your light than a soft box without such an edge. Take note that, this created edge will not be as hard or defined as an edge created by a reflector or a beauty dish, but it will be noticeable and workable.

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The large softbox is 3’ x 4’ and has a white interior. You can shoot (on either softbox) with or without the front panel. This results in more power and a ‘harder’ light. You can also use this technique indirectly (because of the available power) and get a very soft bounce onto your subject.

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The strip box looks exactly like the 3x4 from the side, but it is only a foot wide and you will find it useful in a number of situations.

The lights are powerful enough, and these modifiers do an excellent job of offering control over such power. Give the large Chimera soft boxes in Studio A a try at your next booking.

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