I’ve needed a way to control the output of my speedlight. It’s great that I can blast light around when I need too…but sometimes things like a label on a bottle need a touch of light. A grid came to mind. Unfortunately I don’t have one…but I do have a 3D printer and a diy attitude. Some research online for inspiration (check out https://www.diyphotography.net/make-3d-printed-speedlight-grids/) and then some modeling in Maya. A few hours later I had this little guy.
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Printed in black PETG and 25% infill. The top and bottom layers were turned off to have the slicing software automatically create the honeycomb grid rather than modeling it manually. So adjusting the infill percentage will control the thickness of the grid and let more (less infill) or less (more infill) light through. I’m thinking a higher infill will create a tighter pattern, but I need to test my theory.
To test my new diy photography grid, I set up a quick test shot using some Jagermeister I had on hand. I styled the shot with some spices representing some of the flavors I taste. Overall I’m pretty happy with the results of my 2 hour print.
Room for improvement
The plan is to print at a lower infill (10% maybe?) and compare the output. I think I’m going to use some Ninjaflex flexible filament for the others rather than the hard PETG plastic to be a little gentler on my flash. No need to scratch it up unnecessarily.