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DIY Quick System - for DIY photo light modifiers

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I was reading the DIYP Gear Buying Guide, and they mentioned the Honl Speed Strap System.

Its a versatile portable system of modifiers for your strobe.   I've already started my own set of DIY modifiers from ideas on DIY Photography, and here on Instructables, so I didn't need a whole system.  I also use Velcro, but I didn't like leaving sticky adhesive on my strobes. I also didn't want to spend $10 per strap.

Here I've used some sticky back velcro, and tennis grip overwrap that I already had on hand.  Its cheap enough to make them for all your strobes, and probably have some for your friends too.
 
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Step 1: Materials

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Here's what you'll need:

1. Overwrap for tennis raquet grips.  - This one happens to be Prince, but any thin cheap overgrip will work.

2. Adhesive backed hook and loop fastener.  - I had some genuine Velcro on hand.

About 10 in. / 260mm of the loop side of the fastener,
about 2.5in. / 60mm of the hook side of the fastener,
and about 7.5in / 200mm of the overgrip tape.

You can adjust these to the size of your flash head.

Step 2: Tape the tape...

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To make things easier, Use some office tape doubled back into loops to temporarily hold the piece of overgrip to the table with the back side facing up.

Then peel off most of the backing on the loop side of the Velcro and stick it down to the back of the overgrip tape.

Step 3: Flip and tape

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Turn the whole thing over, and discard the temporary loops of office tape. Then expose the remaining back of the loop side of the Velcro.

Then stick the loop side of the Velcro onto the back of the exposed back of the loop side.

Step 4: Trim

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Now trim any overhanging bits of Velcro that still have adhesive exposed.

Also trim off any extra width of the overwrap.


To make sure it was all stuck together, I used firm pressure to run the side of a pen across the whole strip.

Lastly, peel off any packing film that may be on the overgrip, to expose the tacky rubber.
GENIUS!