Easy portraits with a Lastolite EzyBox Speedlite soft box

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.

Lastolite EzyBox Speedlite against a Manfrotto Urban backgroundI 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.