Mastering Light: Innovative Techniques with Strip Boxes

Strip boxes are an essential tool for photographers looking to refine their lighting techniques. Their dual functionality as both a narrow and broad light source allows for unparalleled versatility in creating both dramatic and subtle lighting effects.

Coming to you from Gavin Hoey with Adorama, this insightful video showcases the multifaceted applications of strip boxes in a studio setting. Hoey begins by demonstrating the basic setup using the largest strip box available to create soft, wraparound lighting that effectively illuminates the model. The video highlights the significant role of positioning, both of the strip box and the model, in manipulating the light's effect on the subject. By adjusting the model's position relative to the strip box, Hoey illustrates how subtle changes can dramatically alter the mood and intensity of the lighting. This practical demonstration underscores the importance of understanding light dynamics in photography.

Furthermore, the video delves into more advanced techniques, such as utilizing the strip box in unconventional orientations and incorporating a grid to control light spill. Hoey's experiment with the strip box's orientation, changing from vertical to horizontal, reveals how the shape and direction of light can impact the final image. His use of a red background and strategic positioning of the model relative to the strip box showcases the versatility of this modifier in creating depth and dimension in photographs. These segments of the video not only provide viewers with creative ideas for using strip boxes but also emphasize the importance of experimenting with lighting to achieve desired creative outcomes. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Hoey.

If you would like to continue learning about how to light a portrait, be sure to check out "Illuminating The Face: Lighting for Headshots and Portraits With Peter Hurley!"

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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