For someone like me, who is in love with light occlusion as a creative tool, Ultra Soft allows me to fine calibrate lit areas and push the light-to-dark transitions to a new level of shadows detail.
The light-to-dark transition particularly looks smoother and softer, giving to the fall-off a new and enhanced dimension.
The three light setup is a pretty a common diagram in terms of light directions, with a key light on camera left and two backlights from the sides. Two more lights serve secondary background effects. Moving over and more in-depth about the quality of light, it's really interesting to me how I've been able to achieve a nice subject-to-background ratio right in camera, as well as the desired levels on each part of the image, using the new Lighttools Ultra Soft Egg Crates to effectively drive the light on selected areas.
A little bit uncommon perhaps is my use of a Chimera
30' beauty dish, doubling the 5’ Octaplus in order to add a little bit of punch to the head shot zone. Having the Ultra Soft on my key light, however, has provided a beautiful fall off just around the subject and yet casting enough light on the only white card I used just to fill in a bit on the left side of the face.
Since I wanted to test the effectiveness of the new 33% reflective grey occlusion also in backlighting, the 3’ Chimera Octa (coming from camera right) was also equipped with a 30° Ultra Soft.
I must say it turned out to perform great in terms of spill suppression, giving a really soft touch to the left shoulder without being too obvious like a traditional rim light might have been.