Cre­ate dra­matic flash ef­fects with a hon­ey­comb grid

Lauren Scott adds hon­ey­comb grids for pro­fes­sional flash ef­fects

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Flash might not seem very ver­sa­tile when it comes to shoot­ing por­traits, but used in the right way it can cre­ate dra­matic hard-lit re­sults. Mod­i­fy­ing your flash needn’t be a com­plex task, ei­ther. The trick is in us­ing hon­ey­comb grids to cre­ate a nar­row beam of light, which stop it from spilling ev­ery­where. Th­ese grids are ideal for dra­matic light­ing set­ups when you need a con­trasty photo.

In this pro­ject, we’ll show you how to use Las­to­lite’s Strobo kit with a hon­ey­comb at­tach­ment. It’s a com­pact, cre­ative, yet sim­ple to use light-mod­i­fy­ing sys­tem for flash­guns. Even bet­ter, you get this flash kit for free when you subscribe to Pho­to­plus (page 38).

For this shoot we used the Las­to­lite hon­ey­comb grids on a Speedlite to high­light the fa­cial fea­tures of the model and sep­a­rate her from a dark back­ground. The method is sim­ple, but the re­sults are stun­ning. Fol­low along, and find out how to do it your­self…

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