# How do I know what size photo light to use?

To find out which size light to buy for your art, measure the width of the frame and use the following rules to determine the right length:
1. For a frame 8 to 14 inches wide, use a 4 1/2-inch light.
2. For a frame 12 to 18 inches wide, use a 5 1/2-inch light.
3. For a frame 16 to 24 inches wide, use a 7- to 9-inch light.

Read rest of the answer. Likewise, what size picture light should I use?

As a general guideline, the picture should be at least half of the width of the frame you are illuminating. For example, if your frame is 20 inches wide, choose a picture light that has a width of 10 inches. This guideline applies to pictures up to 30 inches wide only.

Additionally, how high should a picture light be above a picture? Most people hang pictures too high – as a general rule aim for the centre/focus of the picture to be at eye level. Yes, I know this will vary depending on your height, but if you aim for about 60-65” from floor level this should be about right.

Simply so, how do I know what size softbox to get?

As a rule of thumb, the size of a softbox should be approximately the same size as your subject; meaning a head shot or half shot could require softboxes in the range of about 18 to 24″, whereas full-body shots could require multiple softboxes in the 48″ or larger range.

## What is the difference between a beauty dish and a softbox?

The beauty dish is a lot smaller than the umbrella or softbox I used for these shots. With all modifiers, the bigger the modifier the softer the light. Hopefully you can visually discern this difference in my example shots below.

How does softbox lighting work?

How a Softbox Works. Softboxes work by confining the light from a lamp into a closed chamber and releasing it through at least one layer of diffusion material. As the light passes through the translucent fabric it scatters, producing a very even and soft result.

### What does a parabolic softbox do?

The Zeppelin’s parabolic shape definitely impacts the softness of the shadow and contrast in the images. By nature, most softboxes and octabanks are designed to produce even light on the subject. So, the octabank produces an even illumination while the Zeppelin consistently produces a focused beam of light.

### What is a soft box in photography?

A soft box is a type of photographic lighting device, one of a number of photographic soft light devices. All the various soft light types create even and diffused light by transmitting light through some scattering material, or by reflecting light off a second surface to diffuse the light.

### What is a softbox used for?

A softbox diffuses the light into a pleasing soft, even light. When used properly, it reduces harsh shadows. The closer the softbox is to the model or subject, the softer the light appears, emulating window light. The shape of a softbox can vary from rectangular to octagonal to square to a long strip of light.

### Does LED light fade artwork?

Only LEDs, which produce no ultraviolet light, completely protect fabrics and art from fading. Even if you are using LED sources, however, most rooms have windows that allow natural light in during the day. This will cause fabrics and art to fade over time.

### What is the rule of thumb for hanging pictures?

A good rule of thumb is to hang art so that its midpoint is between 57 and 60 inches from the floor. Aim for the lower end of the range if most members of your household are on the short side; in rooms with ceilings higher than eight feet, artwork can be hung a little higher than 60 inches off the floor.

### What is the formula for hanging pictures?

When hanging something at an average eye level, position its center 57 to 60 inches from the floor. Use the following formula: Divide the height of the frame by two; from that number, subtract the distance from the top of the frame to the hanging hardware; add this number to 57, 58, 59, or 60.

### How do I choose a picture light?

What size picture light do I need? As a general guideline, the picture should be at least half of the width of the frame you are illuminating. For example, if your frame is 20 inches wide, choose a picture light that has a width of 10 inches. This guideline applies to pictures up to 30 inches wide only.