Why grid a softbox?

Q: HI! SOFTBOXES AND GRIDS. WHY? WHAT DEGREE? FOR WHAT PURPOSE? I FIND IT DIFFICULT TO UNDERSTAND WHY YOU WOULD USE A HARD LIGHT MODIFIER ON A SOFT LIGHT SOURCE. GRIDS ON SOFTBOXES JUST DON’T MAKE ANY SENSE TO ME.

A: Think of it like this: Grids aren’t a light source. They modify whatever light source you put them on. A grid on a hard light source is a hard light source. You’re just controlling it more with a grid. A grid on a soft light source is still a soft light source. You’re just controlling it more with a grid.

Let’s say you’re in a situation where a subject is three feet from the background. You want that background to go darker but you can’t do it because the light from the softbox is spilling on the background and, ...

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