Understanding Parabolic Lighting

In this information packed live photography workshop Karl sheds some light on the mystery surrounding parabolic reflectors.

These versatile modifiers are a go-to for fashion and beauty work as they produce beautiful sparkly light that is very flattering when it comes to skin tone and able to reveal great detail in different textures.

Here Karl explains exactly what makes these modifiers so special and why the Para 133 is his modifier of choice. Touching on the physics of lighting and the science behind the parabolic shape, Karl demonstrates the effect of these modifiers, their versatility, as well as a few other, more affordable alternative modifiers.

In this live photography workshop we cover the following:

  • The science behind what makes a true parabolic reflector
  • When, where and why to use parabolic reflectors (and when not to)
  • The different parabolic reflectors and the results
  • Modifying parabolic reflectors
  • Parabolic reflectors live demonstration — beauty and product shoots
  • Lighting modifier comparisons
  • Affordable alternative lighting modifiers
  • Advantages and disadvantages of different lighting modifiers

To read more about parabolic modifiers, the science behind them and their uses, read our blog post here.

If you have any question about this photography workshop, use the comments box below.


  1. This was a great session and very, very helpful. If only Broncolor wouldn’t be that expensive 😉.

    I’ve just recently seen Godox announced a new light focusing system, which they claim to be true parabolic (no softbox!). And this system is way more expensive than their other light modifier, but still more affordable than Broncolor. Maybe they had a very close look at Bron system…..


    Not sure if Godox does provide gear to review, but if you ever get the chance to review one of these it would be highly appreciated Karl.

    1. This is truly sickening to me and I’d like to hear Broncolor’s response to this, because this is visually 1to1 copy of their system. I personally hate companies who are stealing completely everything and i don’t want to support them even if i can’t afford the original piece. Ok there are more parabolic systems these days, but at least they were completely different Briese vs. Broncolor… or Profoto with theirs. I would love to hear something from Bron and Karl to clarify this topic to us. Even from a point of protecting our investments. Thanks =)

  2. Great course very informative and easy to understand, I now know more about lighting than ever before.
    Parabolic lighting rules.

Leave a Comment