I’m a growing fan of the Fovitec StudioPRO Softbox Kit. I’ve been using it to shoot videos this week and I’m super impressed by the build quality and effectiveness of the kit, for a very reasonable price.
However, it can be a pain to actually get the vinyl backing on your softboxes. The instructions that come with the kit are garbage, so I made my own after some trial and error. Check out the video and/or read the step-by-step guide as follows:
Note: Your support rods will be arranged such that the rods point to the corners of a square. However, this formation will facilitate the softbox positioned in either a horizontal or vertical position. Just may require some twerking *cough* torquing.
- Mount the light fixture on the included tripod at a comfortable working height. (Note: the included instructions say to lay it on a table and start with the vinyl backing with closed velcro. Ridiculous.)
- Place one support rod in the upper right hole (1:30 on the clock). The smaller silver tip goes into the light fixture.
- Slide the vinyl backing cloth around the light fixture (in front of the tripod) with *open* velcro. Slip the other end of the support rod into the cloth pocket on the the inner corner of the backing cloth.
- Repeat for the upper left corner (10:30 on the clock), and then follow with the bottom corners.
- Do the rest of the installation… which is easy:
- Press down the velcro on the back of the softbox.
- Screw in your five included lightbulbs.
- Attach the inner diffuser using the four metal fasteners and the four white straps inside the softbox.
- Attach the outer diffuser by hooking onto the outer corners (where the support rods meet the backing) and press down the velcro along all four sides.
- Plug it in and flip it on and bask in the radiance!
If you still haven’t picked up a Fovitec StudioPRO kit and are just trying to decide if it’s going to be too much of a pain… Here’s what I’d say: I wouldn’t want to be repeatedly building and tearing down the softboxes — but it’s a fine installation to do once in a while :). Personally, I’m keeping my softboxes “built” and stashing them in my storage space. The tripods fold up nice and small so I keep the rest of the studio kit in a drawer.
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Let me know if this helped — I’d love to hear from you 🙂