Modifiers are a great way to create soft light. Unfortunately, commercial modifiers, such as umbrellas, softboxes, and octabanks, can be large, and my basement setup is pretty bare bones. I don’t have the width or the height to allow for large light modifiers, so I have to get creative. Basically, anything that you can do to make your light source larger will help to soften your light; even bouncing your light off a wall or ceiling gets the job done.
You can see more on the techniques that I’ve implemented to maximize my small basement studio in the Epilogue’s “Using What You Have” section.
In Figure 10.1, you can see that I placed a 40x60-inch white panel on a table near the model. Although the panel was opaque, prohibiting ...