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Free, easy to make Flash Diffuser for D40's, D60's, and more

Beatkat

Oxford, US
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Beatkat Silver Member Nikonian since 27th Dec 2007
Sat 22-Mar-08 06:58 PM | edited Sat 22-Mar-08 07:19 PM by Beatkat

I have seen other posts and designs regarding inexpensive, and not so inexpensive, Flash diffusers, but the other day I decided to try to make a simple, no frills one myself out of plastic milk cartons. I made one each of the white and translucent, and they each offer different diffusing capabilities. This is not the most elegant, well designed project, and is not suitable for windy outdoor shots, but for small product shooting, and kids/pet/wife/family/etc. snaps, where you want to cut the harshness and reflections of the onboard flash, it appears to work quite well. I would also be happy to email the template to anyone who desires it, but you can see from the picture here the dimensions I used, and the overall shape. You just have to roughly cut out the flat area of a milk/juice/whatever jug, and then using scissors, or straight edge and razor knife, cut out the template shape and carefully bend nice and straight on the dotted lines 90 degrees.You can use a Fine Sharpie to mark the plastic for cutting accurately. The tail, (which is 3/4" wide and very slightly tapered), is inserted into the hotshoe, and will slide forward and back to change the diffuser's distance from the flash for different amounts of effect. It took me less than 15 minutes to make two, and will probably fit quite a lot of different camera models.

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