Modifying a Modifier

Modifying a modifier

 

How to get a speed light to attach to a studio modifier.  I have always been interested in the latest technology and a recent MMoS session gave me cause to explore 3D printing.  The homework set at the session was to shoot some images using my least used modifier.

After some thought and because I have recently switched to just using my speedlights as my main lighting source, I only have a few modifiers which fit to the head of a speedlight.  This meant that one of my most used modifiers has become my least used modifier.

The modifier I use the least now is a standard 7” reflector designed to fit my studio lights, so how did I manage to get it to fit a speedlight?

With DIY of course, although this is a much more permanent workaround than my last attempt, I had previously used one of my 7” reflectors from a studio head with a speedlight but with the adaptor for the reflector made from MDF.  This worked for the job on which it was required, but when I came to do my homework, disaster!!!!

Due to the weight of the reflector and associated peripherals (read barndoors,  grids and gels), the MDF was not up to a second session and split in half.  So modern technology to the rescue, my wife mentioned my mishap to a work colleague and one of the other members of staff mentioned that if I wanted he would print me a new one.

Print? Yes print, he has a 3D printer which extrudes plastic to make 3D representations of objects.  They are mainly used to make prototypes of products, so you can see and feel how the actual thing would be like when made.  I duly sent him a rough drawing of what I wanted along with my speedlight, the old MDF part and various other bits and pieces.

A couple of days later I had the plastic 3D printed version of the adaptor for the reflector in my hands.  Although I could still not do my homework as a misunderstanding had occurred and the hole for the speed light was upside down.  however this was quickly rectified and I now have two adaptors for my least used modifier.  This is quite handy as my other speedlights have smaller heads which fit even with the hole upside down.

Photography by Gareth Williams, Portrait photography Dundee

Attachment in action

Photography by Gareth Williams, Portrait Photography Dundee

Photography by Gareth Williams, Portrait photography Dundee

Back View of Attachment fixed to 7” Reflector

Photography by Gareth Williams, Portrait Photography Dundee

Front View of attachment fixed to 7” Reflector

Photography by Gareth Williams, Portrait Photography Dundee

Constituent Parts of attachment

Photography by Gareth Williams, Portrait Photography Dundee

I did have to do some fine tuning to get it to fit by sanding down the outer edge slightly, I think this version will last a lot longer than the MDF version which split due to the inherent weakness of MDF.  So if you have not got what you need and are unable to source it anywhere give DIY a go.  I may purchase my own 3D printer in the near future to experiment with making my own modifiers.

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