Think outside the softbox
With Andrea "The Light Shaper" Belluso

The softbox might be the most popular Light Shaping Tools there is. But just because it’s so common doesn’t mean that you can’t be creative with it.

To prove this we asked light shaping guru Andrea Belluso to do four different fashion setups using only softboxes in an out of the box kind of way. Never one to back down from a challenge, Andrea came up with four unique solutions. None of his techniques were ordinary, but all the results were extraordinary.

This is the tenth video in The Light Shaper video series. You can find the other nine below. More information about the gear he uses and where to buy it is provided on the right.

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The photographer

Andrea Belluso is an experienced photographer with more than three decades in the business. He has shot everything from fashion and beauty to portraits and products. He has shot super models and super brands. In this video series he shares some of the knowledge that he has gathered over the years.


The gear
  • 1 x Softbox RFi 4x6’
  • 1 x Softbox RFi 3x4’
  • 1 x Softbox RFi 2x3’
  • 1 x Softbox RFi 1x6’
  • 1 x OCF Softbox 1x3’
  • 2 x OCF Gels

The hardest light you can get


The gear
  • 2 x Pro-B4 1000 Air
  • 1 x Pro-B Head Plus
  • 2 x B1 Off-Camera Flash
  • 2 x Softbox RFi 1x6'
  • 1 x Softbox RFi 3x4'
  • 1 x Softbox RFi 2x3'
  • 1 x Magnum Reflector
  • 1 x Hardbox

Using RFi strip softboxes to create a dramatic portrait


The gear
  • 4 x B1 Off-Camera Flash
  • 1 x Softbox RFi Strip 1×4' with Softgrid
  • 1 x Softbox RFi Strip 1×6' with Stripmask
  • 1 x Softbox RFi Strip 1×6'
  • 1 x Magnum Reflector
  • 1 x Air Remote

Battling the forces of nature with Collapsible Reflectors


The gear
  • 2 x Pro-B4 1000 Air
  • 1 x Reflector Gold/White
  • 1 x Reflector Silver/White
  • 1 x Reflector Sunsilver/White
  • 1 x Reflector White/Black
  • 1 x Reflector Translucent

Why every photographer should bring their umbrella indoors


The gear
  • 2 x B1 Off-Camera Flash
  • 1 x Umbrella Deep Silver L
  • 1 x Umbrella Deep White XL
  • 1 x Air Remote

Hard, punchy light at the boxing club with the Magnum Reflector


The gear
  • 3 x B1 Off-Camera Flash
  • 3 x Magnum Reflector
  • 1 x Grid 10˚
  • 1 x Air Remote TTL-C

Spice up your lighting with the WideZoom Reflector


The gear
  • 1 x D1 Monolight
  • 1 x WideZoom Reflector
  • 1 x Grid 10˚

How to create colored shadows on the background


The gear
  • 3 x D1 Monolights
  • 1 x Softbox RFi 1,3x2'
  • 1 x Softbox RFi 2×3
  • 1 x Zoom Reflector
  • 1 x OCF Color Gel Starter Kit

Using the Profoto D1 Studio Kit on location


The gear
  • 2 x D1 Monolights
  • 2 Umbrella White S
  • 2 x D1 Kit Stands
  • 1 x Air Remote

Tips & tricks for using a beauty dish


The gear
  • 3 x D1 Monolights
  • 2 x Widezoom Reflector
  • 1 x Softlight Reflector White