Light modifiers are special attachments. They are put on a flash to scatter the light. Popular modifiers: umbrella, plate, softbox. The latter has several varieties. They differ in shape and number of corners.
Today we’ll talk about stripboxing. A stripbox is an elongated, rectangular softbox. It is needed to emphasize the height of the object, to illuminate it with a narrow beam. Also, there is less shadow from this modifier than from a square model.
Details about the stripbox modifier
Stripbox is a narrow and long softbox. It is needed for shooting:
Can play different roles in the schema. For example, be in the role of backlight, modeling, drawing or fill light. It depends on the schema you are using.
Underestimated due to its unusual shape. Many beginner photographers don’t realize how much this modifier can transform an image.
For example, you can use it to:
– highlight the silhouette of the model. Make the portrait voluminous;
- lighten the hair a little — separating them from the background and making the hair more layered;
- emphasize the height of the object. For example, if it is a narrow tall glass. Softboxes are needed for food photography if the object of the photo session is glasses, drinks or tall cakes;
- focus on the texture of a tall object. For example, there is a beautiful tall vase, statue or column in the room. And this item has an unusual texture. The photographer can emphasize it with an additional narrow beam of light.
For what stripbox with honeycomb? This is a special fitting. It is made from fabric. It makes it easier to control the luminous flux, to narrow the size of the light spot. With it, the light will be harder.
Flash stripbox models differ in:
- size. From small (30x90) to huge (for example, 40x180). Thanks to this, you can choose the appropriate option for both a small object and a full-length portrait;
- color. The color of the inner surface can be silver (colors become more contrasting) or white (the beam of light is as diffused and soft as possible).
How to use the nozzle
A stripbox can play different roles in a circuit. Therefore, you can place it almost anywhere around the object. The following should be avoided:
- too far and/or high from the subject. The illumination intensity of the background and the model will be the same. As a result, the picture will appear flat;
- if the modifier is a single light source, it is better not to put it on the side close to the model’s face. There will be a strong light on the face. The way out is to rearrange it in front of her, move it further or install it on a rack and light it from above.
Stripbox Usage Examples
The nozzle is used for portraits and product photography. Therefore, in this article we will consider the main techniques and schemes that are relevant for these options.
A narrow softbox (stripbox) performs an important task in portrait shooting. It is needed to highlight the cheekbones, to make the face more slender, graceful. It is impossible to achieve such an effect with a conventional softbox. Since it completely illuminates the face and removes the shadow from the cheekbones.
Option 1. This is an unusual light scheme with a stripbox. It must be placed horizontally above the girl’s head. This placement will help lighten the shadows under the eyes and nose, make the forehead expressive, while adding shadow on the cheekbones.
The position of the stripbox on the rack can be changed. For example, it remains parallel to the ground. But it can be placed on the other side of the model, raised or lowered. The stripbox allows you to create a long and soft beam of light, which is indispensable for shooting dramatic, serious portraits.
Option 2. This example involves creating a powerful bright stream in front of the girl’s face. You can get it by placing stripboxes opposite each other. After that, the model needs to step towards them. The shoulders and body remain in shadow, while the face and chest are illuminated. It turns out a very voluminous and elegant portrait.
Option 3. You will need 3 light modifiers. You can take 2 stripboxes and an octobox. The latter acts as a fill light. It is located at a height of 2–2.5 meters, evenly fills the foreground with soft light.
Stripboxes should be placed on both sides of the model at a distance of about half a meter. The modifier to the right of the model needs to be moved forward a little. Its task is not to clearly outline the contour of the body, but to create a soft highlight. To the left of the model, the stripbox needs to be reversed, moved a little further than the subject. This will help define the silhouette, but the highlights will be very soft.
Option 4. An example of using one stripbox. You need to install the modifier on the rack, approximately at a height of 2–2.5 meters, at a distance of 0.7–1 meter from the girl.
For a product photographer, the hardest part of the job is shooting glossy products. Metal, plastic, glass can be added to this category. It is not easy to work with narrow elongated objects: vases, bottles, glasses, glasses. Making beautiful highlights on complex surfaces is not easy. But the stripbox comes to the rescue.
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Option 1. To create an attractive black and white pattern, it is enough to place 2 light sources behind the object. More is possible if there is a desire, opportunity and meaning. Now they should be moved so that a long flare appears (in the desired zone) and take a photo.
Option 2. I need to light up the background. This will highlight it and separate the subject from it. But in this case, we risk getting a very dark object in the foreground.
If you need to achieve exactly this and want to get a silhouette in the photo, you can leave everything as it is. If you need to highlight the object from the front, you can supplement the scheme. About how to work with light in product photography, they told in the blog.
We hope that this material has helped you understand how to work with a flash stripbox. This is a great light modifier with which you can make beautiful and very stylish shots.
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