Bob Davis shares a quick tip from this portrait shoot for using a Apollo Strip Softbox with 40° Grid (16x30") and speedlites.

The Speedlight camera left was in Group A manual mode 1/8th power with a Rogue Red Gel and 25″ grid and the main Speedlight was inside a Westcott Apollo Strip Soft Box with a 40″ grid in group B ETTL mode.

The Strip Apollo used in this setup is a speedlite light modifier that is built on an umbrella frame making it very easy to setup.  It measures 16″ by 30″ and gives off a rectangular catch light in your subject’s eyes. Most photographers bring strip lights from the side to use as a fill light, hair light, or a kicker light, however it can be used as your main source of light as well. All of the Apollos include recessed edges which helps give a more directional light source, and limited loss of light. For more direct lighting, the Apollo Strip can be paired with an optional grid to further focus the light.

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Photo Details and Specs

  • Aperture: F5.6
  • Shutter Speed: 1/60 sec
  • ISO: 400
  • Focal Length: 70 mm
  • Date/Time: June 10, 2012
  • Copyright Notice: ©2012, Bob Davis

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