Lighting is such great fun! So many ways to configure lights, so many ways to modify them. So many things to spend money on... but print this, and you won't have to go buy yourself a flash grid!
I had one of these at one point, but I misplaced it, and never did replace it. So, rather than fork out cash, I turned to my trusty 3D printer, and commanded it to produce the goods.
But first - what's a flash grid?
Well, a flash will tend to illuminate a broad area. They're good at that. However, that's not always what you want, especially if you're trying to make something stand out against a darker backdrop. There are a few solutions, but many of them lead to a fairly severe boundary between the dark area and the light, and it's this that the grid modifier does nicely.
If you take a look at the sample photo, you'll see that the grid makes the light focused on a narrower spot, but fades the boundary neatly. So cool! It's a great modifier for portraiture in particular.
Now, the model itself -
You'll need to print:
- One adaptor
- Two small bolts
- One big bolt (or the long version)
- One 10mm grid
The small bolts hold the grid to the adaptor. The big bolt holds the adaptor to the flash unit itself. This is probably pretty obvious if you're already holding the parts in your hands.
Get to it!
So get experimenting! Or, even better, rework the grid into some other kind of modifier and share it. The point of the adaptor is to make it easy to swap different options in and out!