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Old 12-26-2004, 08:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Under what circumstances would you use a strip rather than a regular softbox?

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Old 12-26-2004, 09:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I use a strip dome whenever I want to control spill or narrow the direction of light. I also use a strip dome as the fill light in a beauty dish over and under set up.

Strip domes may also be used as rim or accent lighting on a larger part of the body as you can control them well.

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Old 12-27-2004, 09:58 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Old 12-27-2004, 12:13 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Yep...

Dittos to everything JT just said!... plus, I like to use striplights when I need to place a light in the corner of the photograph, so that I don't pick up lens flare, or spill light on the background.... If I used a soft box in this shot of Arija bellow, I would have had to feather it to begin with..like I did with this strip light..but since I was able to bounce just a tad of light off of her, to light the background, but, because the softbox is just a recesed window, I would have had to deal with light spilling on the backdrop,....or going right into my lens... yes, I could have countered that by flagging the light but, I would have changed the quality of the light by having to move it back to get the flags out of the shot.. I wanted that light right where I had it placed.. and a striplight was the only thing I could have used..



Over here, you can see pretty much how I lighted this set..and what the results were.. When I took part in this shoot-out of sorts, several photographers met me..and were wondering why it was that I didn't bring a mamajama dome light that stands taller then me to use as a main light...It was like a contest of who could bring the biggest softbox or what have you.. well, personally, I can't stand they quality of light... And when I was done shooting a model...and everyone crouded around my computer with me, they were like...in awe of the fact that I was able to get the results I could get with such small main lights.. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img] ....well,...this is what works for me when working with a single person.. I figure,...a model is what...18 or so inches wide?... I'm not shooting a group of people... just one slender person.. I can get by just fine with one strip light as my main light..(feathered).. and bounce reflected light back into the shadow side...or place a light on a grid and direct light into the front from a 30º angle..without spilling light all over the set especially when using gels which go bye bye on you when you have spill light from your main light washing them out..





I hope this helps a bit too.. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

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JohnPaul,

Thanks for sharing a shot of your studio setup with the finished image.

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You bet!..... & Thank you for showing us that nifty picture! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

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