Bert Stephani's Light Stand Box Strip Light

My 7-year-old's favorite playthings are the boxes that used to contain expensive toys. Belgian photographer Bert Stephani apparently thinks the same way.

For the record, I have nothing against store-bought strip lights. It's just that if I have a limited supply of money, I'd rather use it to buy the things I cannot make. And I can make a strip light modifier easier than I can make a D3.

If you in the market for a light stand, don't toss the box that it comes in. And if you are in the market for two light stands, you may be able to get all Martin Schoeller on someone on the cheap.

Check out Bert's blog for the details.



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Blogger Jacob said...

I made something similar to this awhile back - but instead I used an ikea light box that worked just as well.

Here's the box:

And the inside:

And being put to use for rim lighting:

And the final result:

These are really handy to have around - I sometime stack them two high if I want to light a full length portrait, etc.

December 13, 2007 2:59 AM  
Anonymous Jens_H said...

very cool idea. i like the reflections in the eyes.

December 13, 2007 3:21 AM  
Blogger J. Beckley said...

Wow who woulda thought! I still have my box from one of my lightstands now I have a reason to get another. Good post

December 13, 2007 4:28 AM  
Blogger CW Lawrence Photography said...

...and I actually asked the guy at the lighting store to take the box, why do I need another box?, I'll somehow save the environment this way... geez.

December 13, 2007 5:35 AM  
Anonymous Dok said...

I built one with a tripod box about a year ago and still use it today. I cut the box slightly differently than you did.
Rather than cutting it down the corners... I cut it down the center, allowing for flaps or "BARNDOORS" (which inge at the corners) to control spill. I also put white posterboard on the interior and placed 2 small strobes in the box, one at each end, sync'd together.

Thanks for sharig this idea.


December 13, 2007 9:04 AM  
Blogger Mickey said...

Given all sorts of toys and they play with the boxes.

December 13, 2007 9:37 AM  
Blogger ShoShots said...

This is why I subscribe to strobist, always finding way to think out side the box, or use the box. This will make a great weekend project.

December 13, 2007 10:14 AM  
Blogger John said...

Martin Schoeller - - has been shooting his "big heads" for years using a sophisticated version of this style of lighting.

December 13, 2007 11:24 AM  
Anonymous strobist - padawan said...

and i thought striplights would only be for people getting NUDE ... ;-)

poor joke, but i just HAD to type it.

fo´ real: just got to cardoardboxes right size, i will try this right now! thanx for sharing!

December 13, 2007 12:36 PM  
Blogger Gaddy said...

Ha! Just posted mine on Flickr... should have been a day quicker and maybe I could have been up there w/ my mug on the front.

Another Strip Light

December 13, 2007 12:51 PM  
Blogger ogalthorpe said...

I wanted to do this with mailing (poster) tubes. Just another thing on the to-do list.

December 13, 2007 2:34 PM  
Blogger Jan Klier said...

Somewhat OT, but thought I would point out that your long-time reader Ryan Brenizer gave you a good mention & link from his new Amazon blog:

Ryan's Amazon Blog Post

December 13, 2007 5:04 PM  
Blogger J-A said...

I think that there's an even simpler solution if you own a softbox. Just cover the middle third (or whatever ratio you prefer) of the softbox and you've got two nice vertical softboxes. The only downside, if you consider it to be one, is that you have to position the camera below or above the softbox.


December 14, 2007 3:22 AM  

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