DIY Strip Box

I’m experimenting more with portrait lighting, trying to dial in something that doesn’t look like a department store. One look I keep coming back to uses a single strip light. Some of the commercial versions are very expensive, and the DIY versions seem to have some inherent flaws that make them less flexible or sturdy than I’d like.

This version is my first attempt at addressing as many of these problems as I can. Total cost is about $20US, and roughly 30 minutes of time.

Wacom Wolverine

Wacom WolverineRecently, I got bored and broke out a backdrop and light stand just to see what I could learn about shooting self-portraits. This is mostly because I don’t have many willing subjects. Also, the majority of my photo projects feature some kind of problem-solving aspect (that’s how I learn), and are typically seat-of-the-pants affairs – I don’t have any real idea of what I want. Inflicting my mental ramblings on a person in real time is not likely to be pleasant for either of us, so I tend towards inanimate objects that don’t complain when I constantly fiddle with lights, camera position, angles, etc.

However, I have LOTS of project ideas for people rolling around in my head. So I figured I should step in front of the camera and do some experimenting.

Down time!

Wow! I have seriously neglected this blog. That’s probably not a good thing, considering I’m trying to promote myself and my new book. So it might seem odd that I’m now posting about taking some down time. But wait – there’s more!!