Ellis Vener , Jul 16, 2001; 02:55 p.m.
Angle: Your flash has a modeling light, turn it up to full power and once you have your sitter in place, move the softbox and light around until the lighting looks right to you. Move it from left to right sides, closer to your camera and away from it and towards the background, higher and lower, and closer and father away from your subject. Once you have a basic position established, try panning the box to the left and to the right and also up and down. Same thing with your bounce reflector. After every move go back and look at your subject from the cameras position. <P> The general rule to start with the Softbox or diffusers ios to start with the face of the box about as far from your subject as the length of the diagonal across the front ofthe softbox. Closer than this and the "ofter' or 'smoother' or less contrasty the light will appear. Farther than this diagonal distance and the more contrasty, or harsher the light will appear. This effect can be manipulated to great and creative effect. it is one reason why some professionals 9and very well equipped amateurs have several different size softboxes.<P>Metering: Some people think you absolutely have to point the meter dome at the light and some think you absolutely have to point it at the camera and others think you should point it at an angle that is somewhere in between. My advise to you is to do tests at all three angles and look at the results. All three aprroaches are valid, but what works best will be the one that gives you the result you want on the print.<P>Good luck!