Studio A: Large Softboxes
Atomic Canary Baltimore's Studio A has some very powerful strobes in the Speedotron Force 10’s, which put out 1000 watt-seconds of sun-dimming, ambient-killing, daylight balanced, power.
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. Built to be durable and withstand high internal temperatures, the rugged nylon material is nearly indistructable.
People that have worked in the broadcast video world recognize the Chimera brand as a well-respected name in lighting modifiers for constant lights.
The ability to withstand 600 watt and even 1000 watt constant lights is part of what factors into the higher cost of Chimera products in comparison to other brands. These softboxes handle our Speedotron's 250 watt modelnig lights with ease.
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.
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.
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.