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15 January, 2009

DIY Strip-Light Light modifier.

Filed under: DIY — texxas @ 4:12 pm

Hi there light fans…

I have been delving into the murky world of flash photography.  Yes my friends, I have lovely large studio flash heads, soft boxes and brollies.  But I really wanted to have an uber portable setup that I can stick in the van and have on hand for those times that I can do a quick setup and shoot.  No need for large light stands, just a couple of flash guns.

I was inspired by some photos I saw that included strip lighting and loved the soft effect.  I then went about and made these from scratch.  These things are needed… Flash head (SB600 here) Craft knife – cutting mat, double sided Gaffer tape, Duct tape, Box Reflective stuff and opaque cover.

First I found a couple of long thin boxes suitably strong and sturdy enough for constructing into a permanent thing.

Printer cartridge boxes work really well as they are bloody tough.  They are free (with the purchase of a $150 print cartridge)

Trim the sides to the desired depth.

Cut the hole in the end  for the flash head.


For the reflector I have used an old car windshield reflector / protector.  $2 at the Reject shop – its got a great wrinkly finish. – Make a pattern and cut out… 

With small tabs of double sided tape, fit the reflector into the box and secure.

Gaffer tape the opaque cover to the outside of the box… I have used a white piece of poly foam – the same kind that you get to protect a new monitor or LCD TV.  Its free and it has a nice texture and opacity.  (The texture helps keep the light uniform.)  Its also free.


Go ahead and Duct tape the sides of the reflector to the box and then cover the box with the opaque cover.

(Glass of wine optional)


…. and now you have the basic box… fit it to the flash gun…


Now you can play with the cool soft effects that come with the long soft light strips … 

go get a willing model and pop away… *** TIP*** do a white balance before going nuts with the model.  Some covers have a tint usually pinkish… which can warm the light nicely but its always best to balance the white.


The catch-lights in the eyes are bloody great!

Hope this helps… have fun, stay safe & be careful with that knife… especially after the wine.

Cheers G


  1. your articles are interesting and so useful for me. Thank you for sharing great information

    Comment by sampan — 16 January, 2009 @ 2:51 pm | Reply

  2. Thanks for the feedback… G

    Comment by texxas — 16 January, 2009 @ 9:01 pm | Reply

  3. Good stuff Gavin

    Comment by David — 14 September, 2011 @ 12:56 pm | Reply

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