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Old Nov 24, 2010, 10:07 PM   #1
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I've been thinking a lot lately about building a soft box and what I could do to make a frame that was strong but light weight. I've seen a lot of guys build a wood frame for theirs but, that seems a little heavy. I was looking around Home Depot and it suddenly hit me that an aluminum window screen frame would work perfectly! Instead of screen, use rip stop nylon.
I have several old screens in the shed so I dug one out and made an 18" defuser frame for the soft box I'm making for my speed-light. It was fast and easy and I didn't have any trouble stretching a piece cloth and securing it nicely across the frame.
This brings up a number of possibilities for future projects!

Here's a sample of what an 18" frame looks like.
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Old Nov 24, 2010, 10:23 PM   #2
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That's a great idea GW.
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Another good tip, you're on a roll...!
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What is the rest of the box made of?

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Thanks for the comments guys.
John, I'm glad you asked that question. I'm still working on it but, here is a concept drawing of what I have in mind. This one will be designed for my AF540 flash as an off camera softbox. You wont believe the inspiration behind this one, a Toro blower leaf bag.


The fitting that connects the bag to the blower is a perfect fit for the flash head to slide into.



Inside the bag


Once I get it all done, I'll post a how to series on it.
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Hi GW,

Some great ingenuity being shown here -- I like it!!

Another possibility for a flexible "frame" might be spring steel wire or piano wire. You could actually make it collapsible to some extent for storage or portability if the material was light enough like parachute nylon.

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Don't know if I'll go that far or not, Scott.
I'll just have to see what happens. A lot of the time when I make something, I have no plans on paper, just something that I have in my head. Its subject to change and it doesn't always work out the way I want it to.
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