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    Home-made flashgun diffusors?

    I'm shooting club\party photography and using a flashgun. I'd like to diffuse it a bit to make the light softer. Unfortunately I don't have enough cash for a bought one so I have to DIY it. Ideas?
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    what type of flashgun are we talking about here? any specifications?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheuwi View Post
    what type of flashgun are we talking about here? any specifications?
    Nikon SB-600. not TOO powerful, so no chances of burning the diffusor made.

    GN 100.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Markok765 View Post
    I'm shooting club\party photography and using a flashgun. I'd like to diffuse it a bit to make the light softer. Unfortunately I don't have enough cash for a bought one so I have to DIY it. Ideas?
    There is thousands of setups out on the internet, just google DIY flashgun diffuser and you will found, or DIY flash softbox,

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    Sandpaper. Very cheap. It's rather permanent.

    You could also tape some toilet paper or facial tissue over the face of the flash.

    Shoot a test roll first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Markok765 View Post
    I'm shooting club\party photography and using a flashgun. I'd like to diffuse it a bit to make the light softer. Unfortunately I don't have enough cash for a bought one so I have to DIY it. Ideas?
    *******
    In ye olden dayz, a single layer of a men's cloth handcherchief over the flash gun reduced the flash-bulb output by one f/stop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anscojohn View Post
    *******
    In ye olden dayz, a single layer of a men's cloth handcherchief over the flash gun reduced the flash-bulb output by one f/stop.
    Ummm-- would that be a white silk hanky, or a red bandana? yuk yuk

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    I just put a thin white paper napkin with masking tape.
    Develop, stop, fix.... wait.... where's my film?

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    Just do what every press photographer has been doing for decades, point the flash straight up, put a rubber band around the flash and slip a white index card into the rubber band. The flash now bounces off the card for a nice soft fill. If you need more light, use a bigger card.
    Last edited by r-brian; 01-28-2010 at 10:51 AM. Click to view previous post history.

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    I have used opaque mylar drafting film in a pinch.

    Planned ahead DIY diffuser: margarine containers that have had the ink washed off them by leaving them in the dishwasher for every load for a two week period. Or weigh them down in a bowl of bleach to speed the process.
    my real name, imagine that.

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