Harbor Digital Design Quick Spot
The Quick Spot is a basic grid spot designed to fit over the end of your flash without needing an extra strap or Velcro. A unique feature of the Quick Spot is that is comes apart in order for you to put different colors gels (several included) in order to color balance the light or provide special effect lighting.
What is a Grid Spot
A grid spot at its most basic description is a series of straws that take the light from the flash and confine it to keep it from spreading out like a bare flash would. The smaller the size of the straws, the more confined the beam of light will be.
Some people have tried to simply use the Zoom function on their flash to create a similar effect but it doesnâ€™t really do the same thing. Letâ€™s take a look at how the zoom function works.
Flash Zoomed at 24mm
Flash Zoomed to 105mm
When you want a much tighter pattern with less light fall-off then a grid spot can be your best choice. Harbor Digital Design has the Quick Spot in both 1/4â€ and 1/8â€ patterns. The system is designed to custom fit most popular speedlites. I ordered the units for the Canon 580 EX/EX II and was very pleasantly surprised to find that it fit perfect on the YN560 as well.
Letâ€™s look at the light pattern when using the Quick Spots.
1/8â€ Quick Spot
1/4â€ Quick Spot
For portrait work, grid spots work great for hair lighting so you can get a nice shine on the hair without spilling the light into places you donâ€™t want. With product photography you can really control where you want the lighting to be.
For an example of using the Quick Spots, check out the following article:
At first glance, $34.95 might seem a little much for a small piece of plastic but considering it is close to $10 less than competing brands when you factor in extra straps you need.Â Also consider you also get a decent gel kit to go along with it and you have yourself a pretty good bargain. If you need to attach the Quick Spot to different flashes, you can order just the adapter piece for about $13 and just interchange the outer Quick Spot attachment.
Harbor Digital Design may not be a household name but if they continue to make innovative products like the Quick Spot I am sure you will hear about them more and more.
I am quite happy with the Quick Spots and certainly recommend them as an inexpensive accessory that you should have in your camera bag.
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