I’ve been eyeballing grid spots for my speedlights now for a few months. Little guys don’t cost much, but I like the Honl product and they’re not sold anywhere in San Diego. There is this thing called “Internet Tubes,” but I suffer from a syndrome of wanting stuff “now.” I don’t have time to order it, and wait a week for it to ship to my house. I need it now, or apparently, much, much later than had I ordered it online. Long story shot, I made myself a grid from a handy tutorial found on the web. Very easy. Very cheap. And, uh, took 2 hours and I still have glue all over my hands. Next time I’ll just spring for the $30 Honl grid.
Took the above pic with my sb600 gridded, and my sb800 bare to my right. Hand-held the shot with my 35mm 1.8 at f/5, 1/50th of a second, ISO 200. Lastly, so my madness can officially become part of the public domain, I shot this with -1 stop flash compensation. Why, you ask? So I could get into Aperture and realize the shot was too dark and push the exposure compensation up at least 1 stop. That’s why.
Below is a grungier shot, basically shot the same way as above, and a shot where I ditched the light behind me, and attached the grid to the front flash. Pretty handsome, aren’t I?