Ok so maybe I lied a little in the title, it isn’t a full matte box but rather what most people would ever use in a matte box, and that is flags and aesthetics.
$40 Matte Box Tutorial
If you own or want a DSLR matte box be honest with yourself… How often do you actually use filters on it? There are really 3 functions of a matte box:
- Lens protection from light
- Aesthetics (looks more professional in front of your clients)
Most people only really need or want function 2 and 3. So why spend a bag of cash on a matte box when you could get the same features for $40?
What You Need
If you want something new or don’t have an old french flag, I recommend Dinkum Systems flags. You could also make your own matte box french flag to save even.
Do you have a hack/Mod/DIY project for matte boxes or other gear? Feel free to share it!