DIY Photography Hacks: soften pop-up flash with an empty milk carton

    | Photography Tips | 20/03/2013 11:42am
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    In the past we’ve showed you how to diffuse flash with foam and other materials… but let’s face it, these can look large and unsightly. In our latest DIY Photography Hacks post we’ll show you how to use part of an empty milk carton as a more compact diffuser to soften pop-up flash.

    DIY Photography Hacks: soften pop-up flash with an empty milk carton

    Using your camera’s pop-up flash can produce harsh and unattractive results. For those of us who haven’t got the spare cash to splash out on a hotshoe mounted flashgun, a small diffuser is the next best thing.

    With diffused pop-up flash

    With diffused pop-up flash

    Without the diffuser

    Without the diffuser

    Raid the fridge for an empty plastic milk carton and dig out the scissors for some serious DIY flash-diffuser action.

    Soften pop-up flash the DIY photography way

    Soften pop-up flash the DIY photography way: step 1

    1 Find a bottle
    Next time you go to the shops, grab a six-pint carton of milk. The opaque plastic is the perfect gauge to diffuse the light just enough without losing too much power.

     

    Soften pop-up flash the DIY photography way: step 2

    2 Cut it out
    Before it goes into the recycling box, cut out the carton’s handle section. The diameter is perfect for a snug fit, but leaves enough space for diffusing the light.

     

    Soften pop-up flash the DIY photography way: step 3

    3 The slits
    To enable the diffuser to slip comfortably over the flash, cut a slit down the whole length of the handle (splitting it in half) before sliding it over your flash.

     

    Soften pop-up flash the DIY photography way: step 4

    4 Trim it
    You’ll want to look cool on the streets and keep the size small enough to fit in your pocket so trim the plastic, leaving a centimetre each side for maximum effect.

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    Posted on Wednesday, March 20th, 2013 at 11:42 am under Photography Tips.

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