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Today we’ve got a question about do it yourself modifiers for your speedlights. WillClancyMcNab noticed in some of my photo shoot videos the white band on my flashes and was wondering what it is and how I use it.

Here’s Will’s question:

“I have been looking into your videos explaining how you used your speedlites/flashes in the glitter photoshoot and the horror photoshoot (the horror photoshoot was amazing and pretty cool btw) and noticed 2 things:

1. You put a white band around the flashes where you attach the softboxes and gels, is it homemade or did you buy it? in case of being homemade can you explain how to make it? 😀

2. You have an awesome collection of colour gels that you put on your flashes, are they just homemade gels with cellophane paper or did you buy them? :D”

As I’m sure you can tell by the title, it’s velcro, and I love it because it’s so versatile! Here’s the crazy thing. You can buy modifiers like flags and gels and such, and easily spend a hundred or more dollars on your modifiers, or you can get some velcro and some craft foam and tape and make your own like I do!

I used to be scared of my flash, and I understand how intimidating flash photography can be, but a flash is just a tool. Once you understand how that tool works you’ll be using your flash to create photos that used to seem impossible.

If you want to master your flash and take those amazing photos, check out my Understanding Flash Photography Video Course.