Sometimes you have to pack light and work with a minimal setup, this is exactly what we did with a recent food photography setup. Working solo I had to have gear I could carry, setup and use single-handed. There wasn't space for scrims or reflectors, no one to help with lighting or shooting.
The guys Rayzr7 have kindly sent us a softbox to trial, this seemed the perfect opportunity to test it out. See what look it gives and how easy it is to use. Short version - Very well!
The light was placed on about 3ft above the table shining down at about 160'. I wanted to give a natural, medium soft look without the use of bounce lighting or and other sources. We only had a couple of hours to shoot and the setup needed to be minimal. There were other incandescent & LED fixtures in the room but none were adversely affecting the setup.
I was pleased with the results from such a 'run&gun' approach, it seems this light with the softbox is perfect to fast paced setups like these and lighting faces for interviews. The build quality is good and the grid is a nice addition that attempts to control the light spilling off too much. The best feature is the ability to be able to fold it flat fully assembeld so its ready to go in 5 seconds if needed
Below is an interview still using the same light and an LED panel as a hair light. This, in my opinion is where the soft box excels. Fast, easy and predictable results from a super lightweight setup that runs of battery power.