They are available in 3/4-stop and 11/4-stop black in all sizes and 1/2-stop
white in all but X-Large.
Finally, there are 40Þ egg-crates for the Small and Large Scrim Jim frames
to control spill from a light mounted behind them. Other egg-crates with 20Þ
and 60Þ directionality can be special ordered.
The lighting setup for the car photo. The frame holding the overhead
silk is supported on the sides with Scrim Jim Clamps in Scrim
Jim Grip Heads attached to light stands.
Putting It Together
Assembling a Scrim Jim takes only a few minutes. You slide the frame pieces
into one another and they are held securely by friction. You stretch and attach
the fabric to the corners with the sewn-in touch-fastener cord, then stretch
and attach the sides of the fabric to the frame. Breakdown is the reverse of
setup and just as easy.
Halfway down each side of the fabric there is a half-moon cutout to separate
the fabric from the frame. For the Small and Medium frame, these provide a convenient
place for an assistant to hold it for the shot. The larger frames are not rigid
enough to be held without twisting, so these cutouts are used to clamp a Scrim
Jim Clamp on opposing sides. The clamps slide into Scrim Jim Grip Heads that
attach to a light stand and provide 360Þ of rotation. I was disappointed
that the stud on the Slim Jim Clamp was so short. I wanted to suspend the Large
frame with the diffusion silk over an 8-foot table, but came up about a foot
short. I ended up using a smaller table and a half-roll of seamless for my studio
Another view of the lighting setup with a better view of the stands
I used a Nikon SB-800 flash on a light stand above the scrim and triggered it
with an Elinchrom Skyport radio slave. Exposure was f/8 at ISO 100 with a Nikon
D2X. I tried both silver and white reflector sides on a Medium frame for fill
light. I liked the result from the hotter silver side better. For the subject,
the light quality is appropriate. For other subjects, heavier diffusion of the
light source would be appropriate, for example with a portrait subject at midday.
Westcott offers kits in all frame sizes. Kits contain a frame, a 13/4-stop diffusion
fabric, a silver/white reflective fabric, and a carrying case. Kit prices range
from $265.85 for one with a Small frame to $686.40 for one with the X-Large
frame directly from Westcott. The company also sells the full range of Scrim
For more information, contact The F.J. Westcott Company, 1447 N. Summit St.,
Toledo, OH 43604; (800)-886-1689; www.fjwestcott.com.