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Strip Light - Simply DIY Modification

I use Rotalux light modifiers in studio by Elinchrom.  They are super-duper.  Want strip lights, we've got 'em, but I have 2 20x51" strip lights (EL 26181).  They work well, but a bit wide to be true strip lights on occasions.  

The other day I was photographing a long, tall model with ebony skin.  I wanted to put a strip of light on yer legs and side, but I wanted it thin.  The 20" was a bit wide.  We have a set of Rotalux 14x35" strip lights in the studio, but alas they were out on location.  Drats.  What to do you ask?  DIY time. 

Yep, I simply took a piece of black cloth and doubled it over and clamped it to the strip box.  Like that, my 20" strip lights became a 10" strip and I got the effect I wanted.  All I needed was a large piece of heavy black fabric that I've had in studio for some time and a few industrial clamps.

Sometimes you don't need to buy all the crazy good equipment, you just need to DIY.

The 20" Rotalux strip box cut in 1/2.  Simply clamped on a piece of heavy black fabric.

The 20" Rotalux strip box cut in 1/2.  Simply clamped on a piece of heavy black fabric.

Side view.  I used a piece of blue masking tape to hold it together.  This was definitely a temporary option.

Side view.  I used a piece of blue masking tape to hold it together.  This was definitely a temporary option.

Model Jasmine Bynum from Chicago graced my studio.  Long and tall, she had skills

Model Jasmine Bynum from Chicago graced my studio.  Long and tall, she had skills


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