Light Modifiers Comparison – How they Compare?

On this video, photographer Jay P. Morgan from the Slanted Lens take a look at a large number of different size and type light modifiers and how they look when used for portrait photography.

There are countless types of light modifiers – reflectors, beauty dishes, octodomes, paraboliic softboxes and square shaped ones and umbrellas .

Morgan uses strobe for this test (using other types of lights such as LEDs might have produce somewhat different results) and test the different light modifiers one by one – placing them about 4 feet away from his model (the front of the modifier – each time).

For us the takes back from this is obviously the difference between the modifiers has to do with their size (larger looks better), the color of the inner surface (white looks warmer to us than silver), the shape of the light didn’t seem to make much difference in this test at least (it might have a minimal difference on the catch-eye but it wasn’t very visible here).

You can find lot more lighting tutorials on our photography lighting section here on LensVid, and you can find all of Jay P. Morgan’s videos here on LensVid on the following link.

Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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