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Lastolite EzyBox Softbox

September 19, 2011

For the longest time, I wanted to get a Lastolite EzyBox softbox.  The EzyBox is a portable softbox that is designed to work with a hotshoe flash.  It folds down very quickly into a compact size that is easy to take with you.  I finally decided to get one and I am glad I waited until now.  Recently, Joe McNally, one of my favorite photographers, teamed up with Lastolite to produce a signature line of their products.  His version of the EzyBox uses a white interior, rather than the standard silver.  The white produces a “creamier” look to the diffusion, which is what I was looking for.

In case you don’t know, a softbox is a light modifier that is often used in photography for portraits.  The box itself is typically constructed of lightweight black fabric with a silver reflective or white interior.  White translucent fabric panels are used to diffuse the light as it passes through to soften the light before reaching the subject.  Softboxes come in many different sizes and shapes, providing many options for photographers to create different looks with lighting.

The EzyBox I bought is the medium-sized model which is 24″ X 24″.  To me this is a great size for a typical waist up portrait or head shot.  If one were trying to shoot full body shots, a large softbox would probably be preferable.  Here are a few shots of the EzyBox shown with a hotshoe flash attached to the included bracket:

Side view of the EzyBox with a Canon 580 EXII flash and Radio Popper JrX wireless receiver

Front view of the EzyBox showing the white outer diffusion panel

Rear view of the EzyBox showing the flash bracket and speed ring

I finally got a chance to use the EzyBox this past Saturday.  Laggie wanted a new portrait that she could use for Facebook since the one she had showed her with the baby belly.   Thomas is about three months old at this point, so it was time to change out that photo.  🙂  She went to Joann Fabrics during the week and found a cool piece of fabric that we could use as a backdrop and sewed up one end so we could hang it from the background support rod.  I got everything setup on Saturday afternoon and used the kids as stand-in models to test the lighting setup.  In addition to using the Canon 580 EX II flash in the EzyBox, I used my LumoPro LP120 with a 1/4″ Honl Speed Grid to light the backdrop.

Here is a behind the scenes setup shot for the lighting.  Notice how my studio looks a lot like a living room and dining room?

Canon 580 EXII in EzyBox high and a little to the right, LP120 to the left and aimed at background

Here are a couple of test shots I made while getting the lighting dialed in:

Carla posing for a quick test portrait. Canon 40D EF-S 17-55mm f2.8 IS @ 50mm f5.0 1/160 ISO 100

Kyra being silly while wearing my glasses. Canon 40D EF-S 17-55mm f2.8 IS @ 50mm f5.0 1/160 ISO 100

After taking these test shots, Laggie was ready to get into the frame.  Here is one of my favorites from the shoot:

Canon 40D EF-S 17-55mm f2.8 IS @ 55mm f4.5 1/160 ISO 100 - Lighting info: Canon 580 EX II @ 1/4 power in Lastolite EzyBox, high and just to camera right, LumoPro LP120 @ 1/32 power with 1/4" Honl Speed Grid aimed at the background, Lastolite Tri-grip Sunfire reflector below.

As you can see, the quality of light from the EzyBox is quite nice.  It has a nice soft look while still creating nice shadows to give it a more dramatic look.  I’m really looking forward to using this light modifier more in the future.  I definitely want to use it on a location photoshoot soon to create some really cool lighting.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. heaconley permalink
    October 2, 2011 5:58 pm

    Hi Scott, thanks for sending this post to me, just took me a bit to jump back in and spend some time reading through it along with looking at the example and Laggie’s portrait. Really beautiful image of her and who thought of the pose? Wonderful catch light on the lips and in the eyes. This portable soft box is fabulous, I will look into the product line myself. I enjoy your technical posts as well as seeing all the work you’re doing. Keeps me on top of what’s going on in the SBP world, kudos!

    • October 2, 2011 6:40 pm

      Thanks for reading my blog post and leaving such a nice comment Heather. The pose was Laggie’s idea. I have a quite a few other poses that are really nice too, but I’m saving them for later. 🙂

  2. heaconley permalink
    October 9, 2011 4:44 pm

    I can see that Laggie knows what looks good and it’s always a joy to have someone with you of creative mind and spirit when you’re working together. I hope to meet her some day. I look forward to seeing those other images too!

  3. Dan permalink
    April 1, 2017 2:36 pm

    I’m in the market for a softbox and I stumbled across your article. I see where you mention about the Joe McNally softbox. But you also mentioned the original EZYBox. Which one did you use for these images?

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