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Guerrilla Grids?
Old 02-22-2008, 08:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello Everyone,

I remember some time ago JimmyD had started a series of posts about home made photography equipment.

I was wondering if anyone had ever made a home made grid for putting in front of a soft box or a beauty dish.

I was thinking about gluing together short, thin walled cardboard tubes that had been cut down to a small length or making a grid by cutting some poster board into strips and then slitting the strips to fit them into each other.

I just wanted to check and see if someone else has already done something like this and what worked or didn't for you.

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Re: Guerrilla Grids?
Old 02-22-2008, 09:51 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Good Idea same here and I was going to usa a stand to hold it in frount of a softbox or ETC... I also had an Idea to make a window box with a real window and shade/curtin and shoot the light from bellow or a soft box against the back so I could get that window effect and even the sunlight effect...but holding off on this until I get a studio to store all this or clean out my garage and make a studio...

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Old 02-22-2008, 11:04 AM   #3 (permalink)
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You might find DIYPhotography interesting. Don't think there's a homemade grid, yet, though. Still, the pipe-built C-stand is useful.
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Old 02-22-2008, 03:24 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I was thinking about gluing together short, thin walled cardboard tubes that had been cut down to a small length or making a grid by cutting some poster board into strips and then slitting the strips to fit them into each other.

I just wanted to check and see if someone else has already done something like this and what worked or didn't for you.

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Good Idea same here and I was going to usa a stand to hold it in front of a softbox or ETC... I also had an Idea to make a window box with a real window and shade/curtin and shoot the light from bellow or a soft box against the back so I could get that window effect and even the sunlight effect...but holding off on this until I get a studio to store all this or clean out my garage and make a studio...

-Bill
Some things can be easily made and work well, but grids are not one of them. The grid has to be securely attached to the softbox and the softbox may be rotated at any time or moved, etc. Thus having the grid on a separate light stand would make for a nightmare.

In the real world, however, grids are very very expensive. However, I've recently bought soft boxes from Amvona where, for example, I got a 54" x 14" strip soft box with grid and speedring, all for $71.00. The grid attaches with velcro.

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Old 02-23-2008, 12:06 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I completely agree with RFS. There are things that you can easily make ... and there are times to fork over the cash and buy the profesional equipment. For instance: I made a beauty dish out of a big 16" reflector that I found at a used photography store and covered it with a gold shower cap ... it works great. I also picked up a pair of 6" car speaker grills and find they work great to reduce the amount and direction of light from my powerful Norman strobes so they balance with my Alien Bees. But, I bought a grid for my 36x48 softbox because everything I thought about building or using would have taken way too long to build and still wouldn't have nbeen as good as the right equipment.

On a related note -- making your own equipment or accessories can be a lot of fun (and save money), but if you want to be seen as a "professional" you don't want your clients or models to see you using a lot of hommade stuff.
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Old 02-24-2008, 05:25 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Some things can be easily made and work well, but grids are not one of them. The grid has to be securely attached to the softbox and the softbox may be rotated at any time or moved, etc. Thus having the grid on a separate light stand would make for a nightmare.

In the real world, however, grids are very very expensive. However, I've recently bought soft boxes from Amvona where, for example, I got a 54" x 14" strip soft box with grid and speedring, all for $71.00. The grid attaches with velcro.

cheers,
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Thanks for the heads up. Was there any kind of model number on that package? I didn't see a grid included on their strip light that I just looked at.
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Old 02-24-2008, 05:34 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Good Idea same here and I was going to usa a stand to hold it in frount of a softbox or ETC... I also had an Idea to make a window box with a real window and shade/curtin and shoot the light from bellow or a soft box against the back so I could get that window effect and even the sunlight effect...but holding off on this until I get a studio to store all this or clean out my garage and make a studio...
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Hey Bill,

I think I may play with this idea a bit. I am kind of thinking of using a large source like a 6' umbrella aimed toward my area and then I would just flag off all of the light except for what comes through the grid. I am also considering stacking two of those 2x4 fluorescent lighting grids together to see if that will work for a grid. It would be too heavy to mount to the front of a soft box I think, but if mounted separately I think it may work. It may be possible to cut on of those in half and bungee cord it to the front of my beauty dish as well.

I am sure it will not be as good as the real thing. Unfortunately money is one of those resouces I don't have in unlimited supply
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Old 02-24-2008, 07:09 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks for the heads up. Was there any kind of model number on that package? I didn't see a grid included on their strip light that I just looked at.
Here is the link to the Buy it Now where they still have 30 or so of them at $61.00 plus $18.00 shipping

http://cgi.ebay.com/PHOTO-LIGHT-SILV...QQcmdZViewItem

If the links doesn't work, then do a search for dpn-56. I have two of them. I paid $71 for one of them and $54 for the second but I was buying in the auction rather than Buy it now. You won't find them at all on their site, so I believe they have been discontinued. They have a smaller size one also. If you click on the Read More under the basic description on the auction you'll see the accessories that are included and the mention the grid mask. This is a full velcro grid that unfolds and you place into the softbox and it sticks with the velcro.

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I bought that same strip box, but only paid $35.00 for it from their site. I should have bought 4 of them for that price before they're all gone.
The grid that comes with it probably could be replicated with a 2 inch wide by 30 feet roll of velcro and a hot glue gun. Attaching it to the softbox with small clamps or even the velcro itself since most softboxes are trimmed by that on the front, so the translucent material can be attached.
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Old 02-26-2008, 08:42 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Here is the link to the Buy it Now where they still have 30 or so of them at $61.00 plus $18.00 shipping

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Many thanks rfs!
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