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Modding softbox to strip...


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ScottinPollock

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So I have more soft boxes and other light mods than I care to list here, but I am looking for some narrower light for some new projects. I could add to the collection with a couple of strip boxes, OR...

Would I get a similar result from creating something like this?

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As you can see I am looking for a 9"x36" strip... but is there any reason why either of these two mods would not give similar results of an actual 9x36 box short of a little less efficiency of output?



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At least the center strip idea should work. It will be much less efficient than a dedicated strip light as the reflecting surfaces aren't optimized for the narrow strip.



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I am no expert in the physics of light... by my concern was that not having walls adjacent to the opening would result in a wider dispersion of light.

 

Then again, the interior of most boxes is highly reflective, so maybe the walls don't contribute to anything other than the opening, and of course more efficiency (which is far from needed in this scenario).



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As you say, the interior is highly reflective as the whole idea of a softbox is to bounce the light around and spreading it out to get softer light from the strobe head's point source.



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Peter got good points here. I use strip masks on two of my

1'x4' strip boxes and all my soft boxes have grids.

 

The shape of the strip boxes allow the use of both… even

at the same time.