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How To: Make a DIY Flash Grid
We found this shockingly simple, yet very effective, light focusing device from Flickr user Gut Mann via David Hobby of the blog Strobist. Like most grid spots, its main job is to funnel light to a center-frame subject, while allowing the image edges to fade to near black. One of the advantages of this particular design is that its light focusing power can be increased by cutting thicker cardboard wedges, or decreased by making them shallower. You can also give yours a more finished look with a coat of black spray paint, and by rimming its edges with black tape. A popular variation on the idea uses corrugated black plastic instead of cardboard. It’s more rugged and much longer-lasting, though more expensive.
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APPROXIMATE COST: Less than $5
MATERIALS: Cardboard, rubber band, craft glue (under $5)
TOOLS REQUIRED: Box cutter, straight edge