Did a shoot a couple weeks ago in a studio so small that you couldn't THINK ABOUT swinging a cat. So small that other than ultra-close head shots, I spend 90% of my time on the short end of my 28-70 zoom, not the most flattering. White walls, white floor. Hung a white backdrop. Put one 600WS Elinchrom behind the backdrop with a white umbrella as reflector to blow-out light the backdrop and minimize any spill on the models (since I don't own barn doors yet, and I couldn't get them very far away from the backdrop anyhow.) One front light, a 1200WS Elinchrom, set down two stops, inside of a Photek octagonal softbox. As close as I could find to the legendary Elinchrom Octabox ($990) for what I could afford ($120.) It gives a really nice smooth light, with lovely shadow fall off edges, and round eyelights. Something about rectangular eyelights makes me crazy. It's also not horribly flat, although in such a confined space, it's hard to get shadows of any sort since the light bounces around like mad. (See the highlights on the sides of faces? If I let the models stray too far back, their faces got lit from the backdrop.) Here's how this simple setup played out in a range of shots of different sorts. So there I learned, too small white boxes make for very little light control. The Photek softbox is lovely lighting for people even if they are wearing very little makeup, and makes nice eye lights. Comments, anyone? This weekend, bigger studio, more space between models and white backdrop, and hopefully more control over lighting.