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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Strip modifier/softbox: what is it for?


Hello,

When I was in Hameln, Germany, I walked into a tiny tiny studio in a shopping mall (I'd say 20x10 feet) and they had a large strip modifier at full height in the middle of the 10 ft. wall (horizontal orientation). Additionally, they had a small octa (I'd say it was about 30") hanging down from the ceiling.

Can anyone tell me what you can do with such a strip, used horizontally, and could strip owners provide some samples?

Thanks!!

Stay good,
Ralph



Jul 23, 2013 at 06:53 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Strip modifier/softbox: what is it for?


Dunno about horizontal..I use mine to provide a focused light, usually to rim a full body or something. See below.














Jul 23, 2013 at 07:03 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Strip modifier/softbox: what is it for?


It works great as a hairlight for groups.


Jul 23, 2013 at 07:27 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Strip modifier/softbox: what is it for?


tedwca wrote:
It works great as a hairlight for groups.

Hey that's a good point. In that case it should be setup behind the subjects of course. I'll keep that in mind.

This strip was aimed at the front of the subjects.



Jul 23, 2013 at 08:51 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Strip modifier/softbox: what is it for?


jeremy_clay wrote:
Dunno about horizontal..I use mine to provide a focused light, usually to rim a full body or something. See below.

Hi Jeremy,
Great contrasty images. I really like the way the instruments are sharply lit by the flash.



Jul 23, 2013 at 08:52 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Strip modifier/softbox: what is it for?


For general portraiture applications strip boxes are typically used for hair and rim lighting. Larger strip boxes are nice as a key light for fashion or a higher contrast portrait. Having at least one Elinchrom 14" X 35" works great as a rim to separate your subject from the background in small studio. I really like the hooded diffuser on this box.


Jul 23, 2013 at 10:44 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Strip modifier/softbox: what is it for?


I've seen a single strip light used horizontally to provide a focused light as a headshot. Placed on either side of the camera, the strip can provide both key and fill depending on the angle deployed.


Jul 24, 2013 at 12:23 AM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Strip modifier/softbox: what is it for?


I'd love to see some samples!


Jul 24, 2013 at 04:48 AM
 

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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Strip modifier/softbox: what is it for?


rabbitmountain wrote:
I'd love to see some samples!


Here's one. Achieved similar but harder look with a BD but this was the sb one i believe.








Jul 24, 2013 at 10:44 AM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Strip modifier/softbox: what is it for?


http://youtu.be/cncQ0FgwpqY



Jul 24, 2013 at 03:01 PM
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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Strip modifier/softbox: what is it for?


Strip light is mainly used to separate the subject from the background. That is you don't want spill light affecting the background. It can be used in many ways, like rim light source.


Jul 25, 2013 at 07:01 AM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Strip modifier/softbox: what is it for?


Like all posted above is true. If you only have a softbox, you can still create that same look by flagging it.


Jul 25, 2013 at 02:00 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Strip modifier/softbox: what is it for?


I don't own the strips but I've used them before and I like them for rim or hair lights.


Jul 25, 2013 at 04:00 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Strip modifier/softbox: what is it for?


Excellent! Thank you for all your input! I'll go and experiment with a set of portalite 60x60cm softboxes (23"x23"). I'll put two of them against each other and tape 1/3 blind so I'll get a 16"x46" strip. I have three portalites so I could even create a 16"x69" or 23"x69" strip.
I'll need to borrow some flash heads from a friend but I'll get it to work.



Jul 26, 2013 at 05:22 AM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Strip modifier/softbox: what is it for?


Steve Wylie wrote:
I've seen a single strip light used horizontally to provide a focused light as a headshot.

Single strip light serving as key, fill and hair light:



Light has horizontal orientation, facing down like an office fluorescent. Unlike a strip box, this strip light is a fixture with its own tube: 2' long, 4" wide, extremely even illumination. The shadows are hard in one dimension and very soft in the other. Note the highlight extending all along the nose. Mostly I use this light for tabletop (wines bottles, etc).



Jul 28, 2013 at 08:12 AM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Strip modifier/softbox: what is it for?


Interesting concept Rico, thanks for sharing!

Stay good,
Ralph



Aug 04, 2013 at 06:26 PM





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