Just this Saturday I had the opportunity to take out my Photek Softlighters for another photo shoot. The results did not disappoint at all. The quality of light was simply stunning. Mind you all studio photographers that with the use of the softlighters I highly recommend a high power strobe, something like a 400W strobe I would say is the minimum.
The famous Photek Softlighter is used by acclaimed celebrity photography Annie Leibovitz very often and is one of the most effective light shaping tools I have ever used (including Profoto light shaping tools).
The bride and groom was generous enough to allow me to post a pic from the shoot. This pic has not yet been fully edited and simply just been played around with in Capture One Pro.
Rather than bringing complex light shaping tools that are a pain in the ass to setup. I now carry 5 Photek Softlighters on the set or location and that pretty much does it. I love how the Softlighter has such shallow light falloff which allows me to create these wonderful low key high contrast protraits which brings so much "liveliness" into the portrait. Not to mention, assistants love it too because no longer do they need to setup complicated lighting equipment that takes so much time to assemble. The versatility of this tool makes it a definite "must own" for a pro.