Joe McNally on Soft Directional Lighting

On this Adorama video, pro photographer Joe McNally talks about soft directional lighting.

A directional light is typically considered more harsh and so the concept of soft directional lighting might sound strange at first but on this video McNally talks about a specific lighting unit which gives relatively soft lighting and can still be considered direcional.

The Ezybox from Lastolite is a $170 softbox for hotshoe lights which has a white interior instead of the typical silver one. this was actually suggested to the company by McNally as a way of making the light softer (hance soft directional light). in the video McNally  talks about a specific photograph he did using this softbox.

You can find many more helpful photography tips on our Photography tips section here on and  LensVid. You can also check all of Joe McNally previous videos here on the site on this 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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