Above: This is one of the most genius and cheap MacGyver hacks I’ve ever seen. The credit goes to one of my assistants (thanks Maté!).
Have you ever wanted to shoot with studio strobes and a fast lens but found your lights were too powerful? Yeah, me too!
The work around is to use a neutral density filter on the camera or neutral density film on the light to knock back the exposure. The downside of this technique is those little suckers are very expensive and they often add a colour cast to the image.
When I was first shown this technique I was amazed at just how simple, cheap and effective this little hack is, and best of all, it involves my favourite MacGyver staple – gaffer tape!
This cheap little hack is almost neutral with very little colour cast, my reading above registered a shift of approx 50 kelvin or a bee’s peepee. Not bad for a DIY job.
The close proximity of the gaffer to the flash also means that the gaffer grid will not add shadows to your image.
So if you have one of those $20 speedlights that don’t have variable power controls and . . .