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DIY - Apollo Sample Flash Gel Holder

 
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Feb 11, 2008 21:10 |  #1

I'm sure that many of you got the sample flash gel book from Apollo like I did, but needed to attach them to the flash unit. I saw many designs searching for some other holders and recall one similar to this design...but I made mine out of cardboard. Below are some shots of the finished project...forgot to take some build shots.

Now for the real question....how do you store the gels after unscrewing the plastic fastener? Do you take out only the gels you need? Where to you hold them so they are not lost or damaged?:D

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Feb 11, 2008 23:38 |  #2

thanks for posting...i've been trying to figure out what to for a diy holder and this gives me some ideas.

i pulled the ones i figured i'd use on a regular basis and keep them sepearate in a slot in my camera bag -- the rest are ziplocked and kept in the bag also


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Feb 12, 2008 00:23 |  #3

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Now for the real question....how do you store the gels after unscrewing the plastic fastener? Do you take out only the gels you need? Where to you hold them so they are not lost or damaged?:D

do you know those rings that hold notecards together? i believe you can get them at walmart

i have mine held together by one of those ring things.


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Feb 12, 2008 11:51 |  #4

Thanks for the ideas Mcphoto and Eryk. The ring sounds like a very good idea, easy to unclip and will keep them in order which is what I want to do. I just wish there was a small box like the ones you can file index cards in...similar to receipes for the wife.


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Feb 12, 2008 12:38 as a reply to  @ 3Turner's post |  #5

I tied mine back together with a scrap of lamp wire.


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Feb 28, 2008 00:16 as a reply to  @ tmcman's post |  #6

I was asked by another member how to make this flash gel holder, so I typed up these quick instructions which I hope make sense.

See picture below for a visual....I can clarify if needed.

DIY Instructions to make a flash gel holder
Materials needed:
Heavy cardboard (similar to the notepad backing thickness)
Cardstock (i.e. Georgia-Pacific brand, 110 lb, 150 sheets in a pack)
Scissors
Elmers glue
Hobby knife
Black sharpie if you want to color final holder black (paint would work too)

1. Measure the flash head; outer edge to outer edge. For example, my 420EX is 2 ½” x 1 3/8”.


2. Measure the flash gels; the Apollo brand gels are 3 ¼” x 1 1/8” (they are larger than the flash head).


3. On the heavy cardstock, measure out two rectangles LARGER than the flash gel measurements. I used the measurements of 3 3/8” x 2”. This will be the front and back plate area that holds the gels. Put them to the side.
Hint: use the corners so that you already have at least one straight edge cut.

4. Next, with the thinner cardstock, measure out the dimensions of the flash head running the length of the cardstock, this will be the flash head sleeve. At each interval, make a mark for the fold lines. So start from one edge of the cardstock and measure in the long side of the flash head, 2 ½”. Make a mark for the fold line and then measure 1 3/8” for the short side of the flash head and make another mark. Repeat again, long side then short side. Finally, measure about ½” to ¾” extra to use as a glue flap. When cut out, it will make a box using the glue flap. Now the width, the portion that will slide onto the flash head, has to be long enough to hold the flash holder on the flash head. I made mine 1 7/8” wide.


5. Fold up the cardstock at the fold lines made above and glue the flap to make a box. While this is drying, you have to cut out an opening into the gel panels. I made my opening 2 ½” x 1 3/8” (same measurements as flash head) so that it would hold the gel in place, but let enough flash through. This is where the hobby knife is used since you need the flash gel plates to be in once piece. Put the rectangles cut out to the side to be used for strips.


6. Take the rectangles from the previous step and measure about 1/8” from the edge (this was my measurement used for my flash head). What the strips are for is to sandwich between the two gel plates where the gel will slide into; much like the paper sleeve that your bank card comes with. You will make a U shape on one of the plates. It helps to have one of the gels handy to test fit so that you are sure not to make it too snug which would not allow the gel to slide in without forcing it.


7. Once the U shape is completed, line up the 2nd plate and glue it into place that way you have a slot on one end between the two where the gels slide into. I cut a semi-circle on that end so that it is easy to grab the gels from the slot.


8. When all the glue is dried, it is time to attach the plates to the flash head sleeve box. On one side, cut a small slit in each corner of the box. Once the slits are cut, fold up the edges which will make the surfaces to glue to the plates; little flaps at the edge. Line up the flash head sleeve and the hole for the gel plates and glue the two pieces together.

9. Once dry, you have your completed flash gel holder. All that is left is coloring it black if you want with a sharpie, paint or crayons.


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Mar 15, 2008 23:04 |  #7

Where can you get the Apollo samples? I only see links to the Rosco ones.



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Mar 15, 2008 23:20 |  #8

drPheta wrote in post #5124127 (external link)
Where can you get the Apollo samples? I only see links to the Rosco ones.

This should take care of it for you.

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Mar 15, 2008 23:34 |  #9

Awesome, thanks!



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Mar 31, 2008 05:34 |  #10

heres what I did, but mine was for my roscolux. it was quick.
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Mar 31, 2008 10:06 |  #11

I wonder if you would use this as a diffuser if you put a white piece of paper in the holder?


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Mar 31, 2008 10:47 as a reply to  @ crazyskillz07's post |  #12

Call it a mini-softbox for marketing purposes...


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Mar 31, 2008 14:16 |  #13

sent off for samples, see if they get here


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Mar 31, 2008 21:34 as a reply to  @ bbulldog's post |  #14

ninobrn99 wrote in post #5229097 (external link)
heres what I did, but mine was for my roscolux. it was quick.
https://photography-on-the.net …p?p=5229096&pos​tcount=103

Looks good to me...binder clips are a good idea...I didn't think of that :| :lol:

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I wonder if you would use this as a diffuser if you put a white piece of paper in the holder?

I am sure it is possible. Just have to be sure to get pure white paper otherwise there may be a slight yellowish tint to the flash.


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Mar 31, 2008 22:02 |  #15

i didnt wanna have to make another section for it to slide in and out of, so then i remembered that I had those lying around and grabbed em.


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