Why I love my Lastolite Ezybox / by Neil Alexander

Model, Charlie Yates in Castlefield by Neil Alexander (Click for larger)

Quick post this morning... The images contained in this post were shot on location in Castlefield, Manchester late one sunny but very cold afternoon towards the end of January. The original shoot had been planned for two models with a make-up artist, but when first one model cancelled, then the make-up artist cancelled (all for quite legitimate reasons), and then the final model had to cancel it looked like the whole day was going to have to be canned. Fortunately, Charlie stepped into the fray, and we went ahead anyway. It put my improvisation skills to the test, as everything I had pre-visualised had two models in it and revolved around their interaction.

Having only the one model, obviously made things a little easier for me from a lighting point of view. So early on I made the decision to try and stick with just one light if I could. And on this light I decided to use the Lastolite Ezybox Hotshoe collapsible soft box. Got to say that I really am a big fan of these things; for the amount of space that they take up when collapsed and for how lightweight they are, the soft light that they create is brilliant. They're quick to put up and even quicker to take down and fold away. To my eye, they're just as good as a studio quality softbox for a fraction of the cost and impracticality. I only have the 54cmx54cm and I really must make an effort to try and track down one of the larger ones. Both of these images were taken shooting into the sun on top of the site of the old Roman fort with an SB900 in an Ezybox roughly 180º from the sun to provide a fill.

There are a few fly away hairs that I need to brush out, but apart from that I'm very pleased with this - they're pretty much exactly as I had pre-visualised.

Model, Charlie Yates in Castlefield by Neil Alexander (Click for larger)