Hack Your Grid II

Here is a quick-but-cool little hack inspired by the permanent way I altered my Honl grids a little earlier.

Using a piece of elastic and two hooks (tiny bungee cord, hair band and two paper clips, etc.) you can mount any grid to any smaller sized flash. I use them to mount my old Paul Buff grids to speedlights.

Why? Because if you are mixing speedlights and big lights, your gridded accents can usually be handled with low-power flashes. And many people have full sets of grids in varying beams for their big lights but not their speedlights.

Works on big modifiers, too. Using two larger straps in "X" formation allows me to mount the relatively inexpensive grid from my AlienBees dish onto my slightly smaller Profoto dish -- thus deferring the need to purchase the brand-specific beauty grid.

In short, as long as the grid is bigger than the target light/reflector, you can mount any grid to any light. Use two straps for more control and/or tension as needed, and you're good to go.

They take up almost no space -- just keep a few of the elastic hook sets (at your needed lengths) tucked away in your light bag. Like me, you're probably gonna find more uses for them on location, too.



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Blogger chasg said...

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January 06, 2011 12:56 AM  
Blogger chasg said...

How coincidental! I've right now got a grid bungied to the front of a snoot on a monobloc (I needed just that little bit more control for highlighting stones on jewellery). Took a little head-scratching, but then I remembered the Honl grid hack and broke out the bungies! (toughest part: make sure that weren't so tight that they would crush those little metal hexagons).


January 06, 2011 12:57 AM  
Blogger Bryan Leighty said...

Zack Arias has a post on how he uses this with a black painted lightsphere. I did a DIY of the same thing but with simple tupperware-like bowl. Works like magic.


January 06, 2011 10:33 AM  
Blogger glenn said...

Nicely done. I recently hack a salvaged reflector from a Blackline Speedotron system, to use with speedlights - see attached:


January 06, 2011 12:50 PM  
Blogger blog.markokrsic.com said...

One thing you have to be careful with is the amount of tension on the bungees. The honeycomb material on some grids is so thin/soft that it will bend in and close off the combs.

January 06, 2011 3:29 PM  
Blogger blog.markokrsic.com said...

Also another option would be to make a foam core sleeve that goes into a monolight reflector so that the flash fits in pretty tight, then just attach the grid to the front of the reflector as you would normally.

January 06, 2011 3:31 PM  
Blogger Pradeep Raghunathan said...

Zack Arias does the same thing in his One Light DVD.

January 07, 2011 7:27 AM  
Blogger Raymond St Arnaud said...


The only photo I have on flicker. The conversion of stofen diffusers to grids. Honeycomb cut from a set of 7 inch I made these about 2 , maybe 3 years ago. Grids purchased from B&H, Adorama, Vistek etc.

Stackable for compact storage, stackable on the flash head, for tighter light control.

Also posted on strobist flicker page.

January 09, 2011 2:16 PM  
Blogger Flávio G. P. Monteiro | fotógrafo said...

Great text. Great tip ... simple yet very usable.
Thnx a lot
Flavio Monteiro

January 27, 2011 5:15 PM  

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