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  1. #1
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    DIY Flash Grid

    DIY Flash Grid
    I have been using off cam flash for quite a while and have had used a lot of light modifiers.
    One of the light modifiers that I usually use are grids. I have a set of Honl grids Results for Speed Grids
    for about a year. I'm very happy with them. As you can see from the link, they are not cheap but
    the quality is very good.

    I decided to make one since I have the luxury of time this weekend. I had pre-ordered plastic honeycombed multi-cell packs last December for this project.
    I got them from saxonpc.com Honeycomb Multi-Cell Pack
    Here are your choices: http://ep.yimg.com/ca/I/yhst-61592496875354_2140_6552

    DIY Flash Grid-5356280503_02e17d5826.jpg
    The list of material I used are:
    the grids i ordered
    cutter
    contact cement
    marker
    ruler
    and some closed cell foam that i have found on some boxes here on my house
    these are the foams used to pack electronic appliances and other stuffs
    (preferably black)

    I fabricated a mount for the grids to my flash using this closed cell foams.
    Here it is after gluing the layers

    front (this side is where you insert the grid)
    DIY Flash Grid-5356281927_f1dc80a60f.jpg

    back ( this side is where you insert to the flash)
    DIY Flash Grid-5356283765_fc168ee337.jpg

    This is the finished product, I did wrap some black duct tape to finish off some uneven cuts on the foam.
    Front
    DIY Flash Grid-5356285861_b644537543.jpg

    Side
    DIY Flash Grid-5356287845_898d66ddbc.jpg

    Back
    DIY Flash Grid-5356278945_106c71b5e9.jpg
    The rubber bands on my flash are used to secure the gels

    Total cost for this project is less than $10 ( for 2 grids) and about an hour of your time.


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    Last edited by Ranie; 01-15-2011 at 12:53 PM.
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  2. #2
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    Re: DIY Flash Grid

    Raine, thats a real neat project. What does the difference in grid size, 1/4" and 1/8", have in the circle? The grids also come in different thicknesses, what effect does that have?
    Happy shooting,
    Joseph

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    Re: DIY Flash Grid

    DIY Flash Grid
    Joseph, the grid I ordered is similar in specs to my Honl grids (1/8 and 1/4)
    Both grids are also the same in thickness
    Here is the effect
    DIY Flash Grid-5356423087_fdf86560f2_o.jpg
    " Shoot first, ask questions later"
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/dgw815/show

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    Re: DIY Flash Grid

    Ranie, OK understood. The size of the cells affects the diameter of the circle, which is what I was thinking but not sure. What effect does the grid thickness have on the circle size? Your source reference indicates they come in different thickness sizes. I know you said the thickness was the same as your Honl grids but what thickness is that? (Sorry about all the questions.)
    Happy shooting,
    Joseph

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    Jonathan Swift: "You can't make a Silk Purse out of a Sow's Ear." (Especially if you think you can fix it in post processing.)

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    Re: DIY Flash Grid

    Joseph, its 20mm. Both on the 1/4 and 1/8.
    I have not used any other grids (size or thickness) aside from those 2.
    My guess is, the thicker the grid, the smaller the circle size.
    " Shoot first, ask questions later"
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/dgw815/show

  6. #6
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    Re: DIY Flash Grid

    Ranie, I've made your project a sticky in the Flash forum.
    Happy shooting,
    Joseph

    William Faulkner: "Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself."
    Jonathan Swift: "You can't make a Silk Purse out of a Sow's Ear." (Especially if you think you can fix it in post processing.)

  7. #7
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    Re: DIY Flash Grid

    Thanks Joseph
    Glad to be of help to our members.
    I hope i satisfied you with my answers.
    " Shoot first, ask questions later"
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/dgw815/show

  8. #8
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    Re: DIY Flash Grid

    Ranie, the project is simple, inexpensive, and an excellent addition to anyone's creative flash capabilities. You did a great job explaining it. Thanks for taking the time to post it.
    Happy shooting,
    Joseph

    William Faulkner: "Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself."
    Jonathan Swift: "You can't make a Silk Purse out of a Sow's Ear." (Especially if you think you can fix it in post processing.)

  9. #9
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    Re: DIY Flash Grid

    Very cool and very innovative, Ranie. I love it when people improvise and get creative. I'm going to attempt my own grid. Great job on the explanation and pictures, Ranie. By the way...are you male or female? Hard to tell from the photo of your eye. (something I've been wondering about for some time now! lol)
    Jack

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    Re: DIY Flash Grid

    Ranie, thank you so much for posting this . . . my next project is to work with a grid (since I did a snoot! Ha-ha) I have on of the Honl ones (grid), but your innovation looks so much more efficient --looks like it won't let any light bleed out the sides.

    Jack, thanks for making this a sticky . . . I won't have to worry about printing it out (and then forgetting where I put it . . .sigh)
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