Portrait photography: How to use different flash lighting modifiers



Lighting is everything. It determines the tone and ambiance of every photo you capture. For portraits, manipulating your flashgun or strobe (opens in new tab) with a range of lighting modifiers gives you the extra control to create the specific moods and effects you require.

A light modifier is a piece of equipment that can control the direction of light, its intensity, and its quality, too. They include reflectors, umbrellas, softboxes, snoots, scoops and beauty dishes, and are essential tools for studio photographers. The primary purpose of a lighting modifier is to control the flash that shines on your subject, and by using one, we can create different effects, from soft and flattering to hard and dramatic.