If you are fan of DIY projects or are on a budget, this tutorial shows you all the steps for creating a simple yet effective globe light modifier for Paul C. Buff (RIP) strobes like AlienBees and Einsteins. Unlike many other DIY modifiers, this globe actually attaches the exact same way the retail modifiers do. Best of all, you can buy everything you need for under $25!
Before we get started I want to make sure I say this. DO NOT USE THE MODELING LAMP WHEN USING THIS MODIFIER! The globe you will be making is made of plastic and will melt if you turn on your modeling lamp while it is attached to the strobe. You have been warned! Also, please don't cut off your fingers. Use all tools, especially power tools, with care and proper handling.
What You Need
Our supply list is pretty short. First you need your globe. As you can see from the image above, we are going to be putting this together with glue. Therefore, a plastic globe is ideal because it is light and won't put much strain on the adhesive bond. You can order the same globe I used online or pick one up at your local Home Depot. It was about $12. Secondly, you are going to need a Paul C. Buff speed ring insert. You can find them on Amazon pretty easy. The one I bought was a little over $8. Lastly you will need to pick up a small bottle of Gorilla Glue, which can also be found at Home Depot or Walmart.
The first thing you need to do is remove the little lip off of the globe. Make sure you wear proper safety equipment when doing this. I used a dremel. If you use a dremel be careful, wear safety glasses, and use the tool the proper way. Because the glove is plastic, I also had to sand off the melted bits left over after I just cut off the lip. Cutting this off will assure the modifier will fit on your strobe properly.
This step is pretty straight-forward. Put a small bead of glue right on the edge of the inside of the speed ring insert. There's really not much more to say about this step.
Gorilla Glue is cured by water. I know this because I read the directions! Take a wash cloth and get the surface of the globe wet. Next add a little glue to the glove in a small zigzag pattern where the speed ring insert will connect with the the globe.
Position the speed ring over the hole of the globe and get it centered. Wiggle it around a little bit to make sure the glue makes good contact all around.
The last thing you are going to want to do is put weight on top of the globe until the glue cures. This will take about an hour. I used a sand bag to put on the weight needed. Make sure when you flip it over to put the sand bag on it. Make sure it doesn't slide out of the right position.
That's it! Plain, simple, and easy. If you decide to make one of these bad boys I'd love to see what kind of images you create with it. You can see an image I created with my globe modifier in my previous article, "Creating Fire Elements with the Render Flame Filter in Photoshop CC 2014."
Oh and one more time, DO NOT USE THE MODELING LAMP WHEN USING THIS MODIFIER. Cheers!