I recently moved into a new studio. It is bigger than my last one, so I absolutely had to get more gear to match its size. Here is something I learnt in the process. While softboxes and stripboxes are small when folded if you want to have them readily available, they take up quite a bit of space.
My solution to this problem was to build a Striplight rack where I could easily store any unused striplight in its natural state, while not taking too much real-estate in the studio.
I started out with the thought of something that would latch onto the bayonet of the striplight and came up with a small shelf that can be secured to a wall (or a wooden stick in my case). The horizontal part has a groove which indecently (or not) fits exactly around the bayonet for my Multiblitz strip lights. I added two small grooves on the sides so a band can secure the strips.
Of course, if you have a different brand, you may have to tweak the sizes a bit.
Here is a close up shot of how the hanger looks empty (which means I am either in a shoot, or was too lazy to fold up)
and here are two views showing how the striplight fits in
Now, if only I could figure out softboxes…..
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