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Old 11-10-2010   #1
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Default Creating a homemade built-in flash diffuser!

Hey Camelians,
So yesterday I was discussing if there is a super cheap flash mount that i can buy since i'm on a super low budget. Max@Home said i should use the full potential of built-in flash. And to make a home-made diffuser. He showed me his diffuser and i was totally aw'ed. But mine was made out of index cards and graphing paper where his is made out of plastic carton, I think. Check it out.

Harsh as possible, please and Thank you.




Tada!

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While its inventive, would you really want to be in a crowd with it looking like your camera has a bag over its head?
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Omgosh, you just made me laugh so hard!
But I'm pretty sure I've seen way way worse. They have cardboard wrapping around their lens to hold some type of glass to make the picture more clear. So do you think i should use a plastic carton and cut around it? But you sure were funny!
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I used it this afternoon check it out.
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The camera is simply a tool, who really cares what it looks like? I am there to make the best possible image I can make. How and what I use to get that image should not be of concern to others. I see some folks with a Salad Bowl on top of their cameras!

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@C Webb You are totally right. They might be discouraged of how trashy looking your camera is but when the results come in they will smile from cheek to cheek? How do you like Shaun, my shark? - Lawrence
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I salute your resourcefulness! A material that might work (now that you've got a working pattern made) is the plastic from a frosted drink container... Milk jugs come to mind... You might have to apply a little heat to make the necessary bends, but once shaped and taped... you'd be good to go.

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Concerning Shaun, he is a dandy photo model, most likely he don't complain much either. I do have a question, how did you manage to get a circular/elipse like catch light with a square box shaped light and diffuser?

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While its inventive, would you really want to be in a crowd with it looking like your camera has a bag over its head?
Its a Canon, It deserves a bag! J/K

That is a really cool idea. great job

I think I would make it wider in the front than the back and curve the front for wider diffusion pattern. Mind if I make another version?
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Speaking of frosted plastic. I was at Office Depot today picking up some storage boxes with latching lids. I was surprised to find that they have boxes smaller than busines card size with detachable lids that latch on all four sides. Some of these are opaque and I bet one of them and an X-acto knife would make a durable diffuser.

I guess in a pinch an inflated white balloon and some double-sided tape would suffice.

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