Sunday, January 13, 2008

Flash Diffuser Experiment

Recently I found a link on John Robert’s blog for making a homemade flash diffuser. As anyone who has tried to get by with only the pop-up flash on their camera knows, there are many times when it does not produce the desired results. After reading the instructions I felt that perhaps this would be useful for close-up shooting. I then made diffusers from both white and clear material.

The diffuser is fashioned from the side of a gallon milk jug. The rig does look a tad ungainly but fashion never has concerned me; only results count.

This shot was made with the diffuser. Note the overall lighting and detail in the lens mount area.

The same shot, this time without the diffuser. I find the lighting to be harsher with less detail in the shadows.

Whether I will ultimately find this diffuser to be a useful tool remains to be seen but at least I have no trouble justifying the cost!

For more complete instructions on making this gizmo click HERE


imac said...

I guess thats what you call "milking it". lol.
Nice one Salty.

Irene said...

That is interesting! I will be interested in hearing how it works over time.

Gotta love the price!

Misty DawnS said...

Hmmm, I'm going to definitely have to try this out! Thanks for sharing.

Meggie said...

Interesting difference in the photos. This is definitely beyond my photography level, though I agree that using a flash often gives you results that are hardly optimal. Keep me posted, Salty. Thanks for the lesson.

Anonymous said...

I have done something similar with a sheet of plastic that is milk colored. Just hold it between two fingers and snap with the other. It has advantages in that you can pivot the piece to bounce the light off a wall or ceiling more than letting it penetrate the plastic. I assume it produces similar results on closeups. Never tried it.

I will have to try this milk jug idea.

Tom said...

Big differance there, I will follow the link when time allows and maybe visit Mr Roberts place as well.

Kekiinani said...

This is interesting!! I think I shall give it a try when my milk is gone!! :) :) A few days at the most :) :) You can see the detail in the shadow area.... Hmmmmmm a cool idea to play around with.. I have the Gary Fong diffuser for my flash but nothing for the on camera flash that does come in handy now and then so this might be a cool fix!! :) :) Thanks for sharing... AND by the way... it looks like you have a cool lens there.. what size is it!! (I really do have to work on controlling that lens envy issue of mine!!).. HA!! Have a great week... Aloha, Renee :)

Chad Oneil Myers said...

I'm a little confused...Looks like the second image is the better that the one you're talking about that is better? Doesn't seem like the commentary matches up with the image?