Strobing my Whippet with a home-made Strip Light

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dretket
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Strobing my Whippet with a home-made Strip Light
Apr 30, 2013

I decided to make a strip light out of PVC pipe, and decided to test it while photographing my dog.  I think it provides pretty soft light, and a nice catchlight in her eye.  What do you guys think?

Settings were 1/50 sec, F/8, ISO 800, Flash at 1/16th.  Striplight was placed above at about a 30 degree angle.  Shot on my D5100 with a 50mm 1.8g.

http://makingitasapro.blogspot.com/2011/05/diy-strip-light-using-speedlight.html

This was the plan that I used, but I substituted PVC pipe instead of cardboard.

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In reply to dretket, Apr 30, 2013

1) Judging by such shadows as we can see (not many) the light does not seem very soft, at all. In fact, it is a somewhat hard light. Indeed, having followed the link, a hard light is what I would expect to get from the device... being so small as it is.

-(In one dimension, that is, across it, it is actually smaller than the flash unmodified. In the other direction, along it, I would not expect it to be larger)-

2) Unfortunately your photograph also appears (a) somewhat underexposed (b) rather out of focus (when checked at 100%), and (c) lacking in any fill lighting ...

Other than that, it is a TRIUMPH! 

Sorry to be so critical...

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In reply to dretket, Apr 30, 2013

Neat idea!

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In reply to dretket, May 1, 2013

Clever idea and nice results.

Might want to be careful where you use the phrase "strobing my Whippet." 

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In reply to dretket, May 3, 2013

Great DIY job Dretke

I am already looking for some paper tube around the house

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dretket wrote:

I decided to make a strip light out of PVC pipe, and decided to test it while photographing my dog.  I think it provides pretty soft light, and a nice catchlight in her eye.  What do you guys think?

Settings were 1/50 sec, F/8, ISO 800, Flash at 1/16th.  Striplight was placed above at about a 30 degree angle.  Shot on my D5100 with a 50mm 1.8g.

http://makingitasapro.blogspot.com/2011/05/diy-strip-light-using-speedlight.html

This was the plan that I used, but I substituted PVC pipe instead of cardboard.

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In reply to dretket, May 4, 2013

I just got back from Office Depot with a three foot long 3 inch tube, will a 3 ft tube work as well or do I need to cut it to 2 ft?

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In reply to JJW1956, May 6, 2013

I dont see why it wouldn't work.  You would just have a longer strip.  Let me know how it works out for you.

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In reply to dretket, May 6, 2013

Thanks for the reply, I am going to make the thing tonight or tomorrow. Will report on the outcome.

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In reply to Peano, May 7, 2013

Peano wrote:

Clever idea and nice results.

Might want to be careful where you use the phrase "strobing my Whippet." 

Yeah. I thought he was talking about those whipped cream Whippets

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In reply to JJW1956, May 8, 2013

I went ahead and made it two feet. Three feet seemed like it might be too heavy for the flash. Have not tried it yet.

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