I have a Lastolite EzyBox Speedlite, and have been using it for portraits and even some product shots with my Speedlite flashes. It was bought partly on a whim and partly on a search for a more compact soft box for my camera bag. Let’s face it hard bare Speedlites are not the most flattering light source simple portrait shots.
The results, have been more than I expected and it’s kept it’s place in the bag for months now. My preferred way to use it is as an off-camera compact soft box, either hand held or on a lightweight light stand.
In this post I want to show you some results of using the smallest EzyBox off-camera.
Relative size of the light source is the key
The front face of the EzyBox is just around 20cm or 8 inches square, and with a supplied inner diffuser it makes a nice evenly lit 20cm x 20cm light source. The key to making lights look softer is making them bigger in relation to the subject. So that means close for this smallest EzyBox.
I put the Speedlite 600EX-RT in to the EzyBox and mounted the whole lot on a small lightweight light stand really close to the subject and angled down to try and reduce the spill of light on the background.
I was short of space indoors – so the model is close to the background. If I put the light higher up I had too much light on the background, so I turned the EzyBox to point more towards the floor. The recessed front of the soft box does make for a defined edge to the light when the box is feathered in this way. As you can see I’ve put the flash not much higher than my subject as I also want the light to evenly light the face and not have too much shadows in the eye sockets.
In terms of complexity, this is a simple set-up, the Speedlite will happily work in E-TTL automatic flash mode if you like, but I recall using manual mode so that I would have consistency from shot to shot.
Fits the Speedlite 430EX III-RT
I’ve just taken delivery this week of the new Speedlite 430EX III-RT flash and happily it fits just fine in the EzyBox. Importantly you can still access all the 430EX III-RT controls even when the EzyBox is fitted, and the flash head itself does fit in a little easier than the Speedlite 600EX-RT.