A “scrim” is typically a screen-like mesh placed in front of a light to reduce intensity but in common usage any device that produces a diffusion effect are called scrims.
When it comes to portraiture, lighting isn’t only about the quantity of the light produced but is more often about the quality of that light. Westcott’s Scrim Jim Cine builds on that concept with a modular design that allows both reflective and diffusion effects. Formerly called just Scrim Jim, which are the devices you see in use here, the system went through some pretty big changes last year and the Cine version is essentially a new product. Westcott made the connections more secure, beefed the posts up and standardized sizes to match the rest of the industry. Scrim Jim Cine is a collapsible diffusion and reflector system that’s made up of a series of frames, diffusion and reflector fabric and accessories.
In the setup used for this photograph of Danielle, one LED light is placed near the back wall of my pre-flood 11×15-foot home studio and aimed at the subject’s back. No reflector was used on the light to allow the light to kick all around the walls and turn it a high key white. At camera left is a 42 x72-inch Scrim Jim with white cover at right is a 32-inch silver reflector. If I had another Scrim Jim‚ I would have used that instead.
To get you started, Westcott offers Scrim Jim Cine kits that includes a frame, different kinds of fabric and a carrying case. The 4×4 Cine kit has a 4×4-foor modular anodized aluminum frame with positive-locking connectors for extra support. Featuring four 46-inch frame tubes, with a 4×4-inch 3/4-stop diffuser that softens available or studio lighting without changing color temperatures, while the double-laminated 4×4-foor reversible silver/white bounce fabric reflects light to add highlights to and illuminate your subject. This portable system knocks down making it for photographers who travel often.
The larger 6×6 Scrim Jim Cine Kit has four 46-inch frame tubes and four 22-inch tubes. A 6×6-foot 3/4-stop diffuser softens available or studio lighting without changing color temperatures, while the double-laminated 6×6-foot reversible silver/white bounce fabric reflects light to add highlights to and illuminate your subject.
For learn more about studio lighting techniques, please pick up a copy of my book, “Studio Lighting Anywhere” which is available from your favorite book or camera stores as well as including Amazon.com.