Lighting Modifiers and Their Effects

If you’ve ever wondered what the difference between a softbox and snoot is or whether to use an octabox or umbrella, this is the class for you. Karl demonstrates the differences between a variety of lighting modifiers, explaining the reasoning behind their effects and where they’re most suited.

Karl also recaps on the principles of hard and soft light and how we can control light. (NOTE: If you’re unfamiliar with these concepts, please watch chapter one of this course.)

In this photography class we cover the following:

  • Lighting modifiers
  • Hard light and soft light
  • Direction of light and the impact it has
  • Size of a light source and its effect
  • How to further modify certain modifiers
  • Lens flare and how to reduce it

To see further examples of lighting modifiers watch Beauty Lighting Comparison.

NOTE: This photography class is available with English subtitles.


  1. Excellent rundown, Karl. Thank you.

    Will you be doing a video using the Para modifiers and even the Satellite I see back there?

    I am interested in animal studio portraits and am most curious how the modifiers interact with the hair/fur.

    On a side note, it would have been great to see the catch lights in the eyes of the middle modifiers.

    Keep up the great work, very inspiring!

    1. Never mind, found the Para video. Hard to find much anywhere on the Satellite, has it been replaced by another modifier? Also, didn’t see much discussion around the ringflash. Thanks in advance!

    2. Thanks jpkincel, you will find many videos on our platform covering the paras and some explanations of the Satellite. Also try our ‘comparison app’ in your customer home page that’s a great reference.

  2. Hi Karl,

    Thank you for the video.

    I have a question regarding the difference between the L 40 and the L 70 reflecters, what is the difference between the two?

    And which one can be used with scrim?

    Thank you

  3. Hi Karl,

    I have a question regarding Broncolor modifiers, I have just bought a Broncolor Siros 400, and Im wondering if I need to buy the Broncolor Modifiers or I can buy other brand to use with the Broncolor Monobloc, in other word is it worth the price.

    Another question what type of modifier is used to create chiaroscuro lighting.

    Thank you very much you are an artist, every time I watch a video im just amazed…

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