Equipment: Light Modifiers
You never want your light to be too bright or too harsh. Turning the power down on your strobe will help with this, but you will also need light modifiers to diffuse your light.
There are about a million different options when it comes to light modifiers.
I use a 50×50 Westcott Apollo softbox, a large (7 foot) OctoDome and a medium (5 foot) OctoDome in my studio.
I like large modifiers for the same reason I like large windows. The larger the light source, the softer the shadows.
Every softbox is a little different, and lights get hot. You don’t want to burn a hole in your equipment (like I did with my Westcott 50×50) so read the instructions carefully and make sure your light is installed correctly.
Once your softbox is in place, turn your model light on high, set your strobe light to the lowest setting possible and plug in your receiver. You are almost ready to start shooting!
Here's a quick video on how to attach a Westcott 50x50 to an Alien Bee strobe.
Here's a quick video on how to attach an OctoDome to an Alien Bee strobe.