DIY Strip Light Modifier for Speedlights. Strip Light Portrait Photography in Studio or on Location




LitePipe P, SaberStrip and StrobiStrip are all tube like strip light modifiers that you can buy. Or if you are on a budget with your photography you can build your own DIY strip light modifier that looks bigger, better and cooler than any Star Wars light saber. These easy to build speed light strip modifiers are awesome for shooting portraits both in studio and on location.

For less than $25.00 in materials, you can build this DIY strip light modifier and you can mount it vertically or horizontally and the adjustable speedlight umbrella holder let’s you set up in just about any angle or position you want to and you can access the controls of your speedlight – without having to remove it from the unit. And since it’s lightweight – it will easily work on compact light stands without wobbling. The tube is also wind resistant meaning it’s not going to blow around outside like a big softbox would.

Speedlite Light modifiers come in all shapes and sizes and indeed the cooler they are the more they tend to cost. As I have shown you in the past – the only thing that makes one modifier better than another is how well it solves a problem in any given situation. If you understand light and the Inverse Square Law you can work with inexpensive modifiers and do the same things that the more expensive ones do.

THE PARTS
3” x 6” Kraft Mailing Tube: https://www.uline.com/BL_3653/Kraft-Tubes
Hook and Loop Cable Tie Down Straps Reusable 1” x 12” Pack of 10: http://amzn.to/2y4rmKy
Tripod Screw Holder Adapter(1/4” to 3/8”): http://amzn.to/2h75w3f
Able DIY 24″ x 48″ in. White Translucent Plastic Film: http://amzn.to/2yHtQ5V
Flash Speedlight Umbrella Holder: http://amzn.to/2y52UbD
1” flat Washer
3/8” x 1” screw
Gaffers Tape: http://amzn.to/2yKEOVG
Gloss White Spray Paint: http://amzn.to/2zB5VBM
Super Glue: http://amzn.to/2h6cndo

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Aero SecureStrap: http://amzn.to/2yvvZAA
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Nikon D810: http://amzn.to/2yMJgoM
Tokina 100mm f/2.8: http://amzn.to/2h5LiqD
LumoPro LP180R: http://amzn.to/2y4psOH

Broncolor LitePipe P: https://www.bron.ch/broncolor/products/light-shapers/showproduct/litepipe-p/
SaberStrip: https://www.saberstrip.com/

Beauty Dish Lighting Tutorial & How to make a DIY Beauty Dish with an umbrella for less than $7.00:

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Comments 29

  1. I'll be doing this in order to shoot in tight locations.

    What do you think about the kind of catch light a strip winds up putting in the subject's eyes vs. other modifiers? I mean, it's all a matter of opinion but just want your thoughts of whether you find it flattering compared to a beauty dish or octa, etc. Thanks!

  2. Hey Joe, are you familiar with Magnet Mod (MagMod)? I have some of their products, which means that i have their (pretty large) mag grip attached to my flashes. Would it be detrimental to use a larger tube in this project to accommodate the rubber grip?

  3. Interesting catchlights in your setups as well! Cool hack, Joe!
    I had an LED string from Ikea sitting around and put it inside a 3'x2" light cover that acts like a diffuser. Continuous light, and it has a colour control dial. think the whole setup cost me maybe $20 (mostly for the light strip, purchased second-hand on a FB group).

  4. You never cease to amaze, Joe. This is brilliant. What do you think the light quality would be with a shiny silver tape liner in the tube.?? And BTW… your model…. 5 Star.

  5. How do you think this would work outdoors? I feel like I am constantly battling with wind and modifiers outside. I do mostly families and weddings. Most of the time with just one light.

  6. Great job, Joe. Here's small tweak you may not know. You can mount the stand adapter more securely to the 1/2 20 screw with a drop of 5 minute epoxy on the threads and where it contacts the tube. If you ever have to recover it, you just hit the adapter with a propane torch (or even a cigarette lighter) for a couple of seconds and the epoxy will fail and you can recover the parts.

  7. another added bonus at that price point if it is lost, damaged, or stolen you won't be out $1,200+. and will have plenty of money in your pocket to build another one.

  8. Joe, I'm certain that you always get the best out of ANY gear you use! I'm also sure the quality of light from your design would rival any of the commercially available products!

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