Jan Christian

Archive for August, 2009

DIY DIY velcro speed strap for speedlites


I’d like to start by giving credit to Honl Photo for the design idea. I had the supplies already so I wanted to see what I could come up with.

For those of you who don’t want sticky-backed velcro on your flash, this is the perfect solution. It’s quite simple to make and only takes a few minutes if you have a sewing machine. (more…)

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DIY How to modify an Amvona softbox for use with speedlites


I was in the market for a softbox and came across a great deal on an Amvona Dynaphos softbox that I couldn’t pass up. The softbox came with a speedring, which was just a flat, circular sheet of metal with a pattern cut out of the middle that allowed Amvona hot-lights to be removed with a quarter turn. Luckily, it was easy to remove and replace with whatever I wanted. I could’ve modified that metal speedring that came with it but it was pretty beefy and would’ve taken longer to cut. To make life easier, I opted for a piece of 3.2mm styrene (plastic) that I got at a local hobby store (it was with the model train accessories). The actual material isn’t important, you could use styrene, ABS, plexiglass, wood, and so on, as long as its fairly thin and sturdy.


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DIY How to make a $2 softbox in 5 minutes


I had a shoot to do but my “real” softbox hadn’t arrived yet so I had to improvise. I had everything at my house except for the diffusion material, which was only $2 at a local fabric store. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Large cardboard box. A cube will work best but use what you have.
  • Aluminum foil
  • Spray adhesive and a little duct tape
  • Diffusion material. I used white nylon that I found with the wedding gown fabrics at Jo-Ann Fabrics



FYI It Begins!


My photo gallery isn’t up yet but I can’t wait at least want to start adding some worthwhile content to the blog. Most of the posts will detail DIY projects but I may add some reviews, lighting diagrams or whatever other tidbits on photography that I think may be of interest to the masses. Feel free to comment, ask questions or make requests. Enjoy!