How To Create Your Own 30 Foot Softbox

So you want to create your own 30 foot softbox? I don’t blame you. They are pretty sweet.

First, here’s an image I lit with mine.


Pretty sweet light hey?

So, by this point I’m sure you’ve figured out that I don’t actually have a literal 30 foot softbox. Sorry to burst your bubble. In fact, I don’t even think B&H carries one that large.

Nope, this is naturally occurring softbox. Believe it or not, these things are lurking around, right under your nose…

One rainy day, during a portrait shoot, we found a building that had a wall of windows at each end (you can see the other windows behind the subject). We brought out client right in front of the wall of windows, adjusted until we liked the light, and we were off and running.

Shooting with natural light is all about using what is around you, and literally “seeing the light”. You need to recognize situations that will provide great light, and then take advantage of them.

So, when you’re out shooting, and see a building with a ton of windows, go and check it out. You just might find yourself with a sweet 30 foot softbox to shoot with!!

Lauren Lim

Hey friend, I’m Lauren! I’m a photographer and head ninja here at Photography Concentrate. I’m downright obsessed with photography, and love sharing it with super cool folks like yourself. When I’m not shooting, or writing, you can find me cooking (and eating!), traveling, and hanging out with wonderful people.


3 Comments // Leave a comment

  1. Love this post. I don't know a ton about lighting but these photography concentrate posts are a great read!

  2. Why is the photo example not taken with natural light if you are talking about natural light?
    this is clearly taken with a small flash, you can see it in the reflection of the eyes and the small and rather harsh shadow under the nose and her chin. This is not the light of a big Light source ( which would leave almost no shadows on the face and much bigger catchlights in the eyes )
    like an imaginative 30 foot softbox.

    • Hey Arsad, Sorry no flash here! You can see in the far background behind her the same sized huge window that is directly in front of her. The catchlights in you see in her eyes are from the window. N

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