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Simple flash diffuser for camera mounted flash

 
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Sep 20, 2006 14:27 |  #1

Trying a different way of using an external camera mounted flash gun for macro shots. Just a sheet of A4 paper folded in half and then two slots about 3cms long cut on both the long sides about halfway down and the paper is bent and stuck at these slot points to make a slight curve. The paper is mounted on the flash gun as shown using a length of a sticky tape stuck to itself as a strap which is held round the flash and stuck to the paper on both sides. The flash is then used with the head swung away from the lens at an angle of about 30' to 45'
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Sep 20, 2006 14:35 |  #2

It is very simple and the results are amazing :D


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Sep 20, 2006 14:42 |  #3

Very good demonstration, Brian. I'll have to give it go.
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Sep 20, 2006 14:48 |  #4

Great use of paper. :)

And the fly shot is fantastic.

But whats that in the middle of the lens cap?


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Sep 20, 2006 14:50 |  #5

It always amazes me how you "Macro Buffs" ;-)a get those sort of shots, I mean take the fly for example, ive been out in the garden & seen a bug on a leaf, I get closer & take the photo but the bug either moves a lot or decides it wants to fly off some place else.

How do you manage to get shots like this? the only way I could think of was this:

#1 - Locate a good looking fly in the garden.
#2 - Spray it with fly killer & wait until it dies.
#3 - Using tiny blobs of superglue, glue it onto a nearby leaf.
#4 - Take the photo!!

lol..

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Sep 20, 2006 14:50 |  #6

canonloader wrote in post #2013236 (external link)
Great use of paper. :)

And the fly shot is fantastic.

But whats that in the middle of the lens cap?

Id say a lens cap retaining string.




  
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Sep 20, 2006 15:32 |  #7

Yeah Nick. I think I would go with your approach to macro bug photography. A simple 1, 2, 3, 4 tutorial :)


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Sep 20, 2006 16:06 |  #8

Nick_C wrote in post #2013246 (external link)
It always amazes me how you "Macro Buffs" ;-)a get those sort of shots, I mean take the fly for example, ive been out in the garden & seen a bug on a leaf, I get closer & take the photo but the bug either moves a lot or decides it wants to fly off some place else.

How do you manage to get shots like this? the only way I could think of was this:

#1 - Locate a good looking fly in the garden.
#2 - Spray it with fly killer & wait until it dies.
#3 - Using tiny blobs of superglue, glue it onto a nearby leaf.
#4 - Take the photo!!

lol..

;-)a

No -Nothing that complicated, it's just spray on art fixative ;)
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Sep 20, 2006 16:15 |  #9

lol nice one. I taped a 4x6 glossy card on the end of my diffuser to make it a little taller. Works well.

If I ever get a flash I should try this though, good thinking. It produces good lighting man


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Sep 20, 2006 16:23 |  #10

No -Nothing that complicated, it's just spray on art fixative

Flypaper anyone? :D


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Sep 20, 2006 16:28 |  #11

Nick_C wrote in post #2013251 (external link)
Id say a lens cap retaining string.

Yes it is- a bit fatter than normal as I kept breaking it when I sat the camera on a slatted bench and caught the lens cap underneath the slats. So the keeper is attached to the lens cap with those velcro sticky things that come apart when it gets caught like that.
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Sep 20, 2006 16:41 |  #12

Yeah, but what you doing for shoe laces now? :D


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Sep 20, 2006 16:48 as a reply to  @ canonloader's post |  #13

Great fly shot Brian.

Re the paper, I did go to a wedding a little while ago where the photographer actually used a piece of paper in a similar way when taking the pics. The wedding photos were very nice but I was surprised to see a wedding photographer using paper instead of a fancy diffuser lol.

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Nov 15, 2009 12:58 as a reply to  @ LindaB's post |  #14

Hi, good idea. I have recently bought, and am very happy with a very small and portable umbrella diffuser, called Strobella (external link), you can grab one on ebay for few euros.




  
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Nov 15, 2009 13:14 as a reply to  @ climnof's post |  #15

Another way to use paper I just came across.

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