09 January 2008 · 7 comments · Categories: Gadgets

Assumptions : Cheapskate, NBTD, Creativity, No $$$

Question : What do you do if you need a diffuser for your built-in flash?

Answer : Build one for yourself.

That’s what I did over the weekends. All I need is a film canister, a cutter and a lil UHU glue or superglue.

Film Canister

A semi-transparent film canister

How to do it??

Measure the size of your built-in flash. Have a rough estimation marked on your film canister and cut it out. Make sure that you cut a smaller hole compare to the rough estimation so it could hold onto the flash firmly.

End result:

DIY Diffuser

DIY Diffuser

Now, how does it look like on my camera??

DIY Diffuser on Canon EOS 40D

DIY Diffuser on Canon EOS 40D

Please ignore the pillows behind it :P

I know I know, it looks weird but hey, it works pretty good. It is quite sturdy and it does not drop out easily. Besides, you could make a few more as spares. If the flash is too strong and the ‘diffuser’ couldn’t hold back, chuck in a few pieces of tissue to suppress the light till you get your liking.

Results:

Without DIY Diffuser

without DIY Diffuser

With DIY Diffuser

with DIY Diffuser

Without DIY Diffuser

without DIY Diffuser

With DIY Diffuser

with DIY Diffuser

What do you think?

note : inspired by this



7 Comments

  1. Urm, I don’t know why but I don’t see the obvious difference. o.0

    Probably because I can’t enlarge the images to compare the details. But neat idea. :)

  2. Hhmm.. Probably there is sufficient amount of light when I took those test pictures. So you couldn’t see any difference. Haha..

  3. The difference is minimal. Try to shoot portraits, then the difference is more noticeable. Heh! I am not good with handicrafts, I bought the flash diffuser that I saw in Shutter Asia. :P

  4. Yeah. My mistake of taking test shots when the lights are right above me. Silly me. Haha.

    I saw that diffuser too. Looks kinda good.

    Hey, I’m not good in handicrafts too. That’s why I have plenty film canisters as spares just in case I screw up. LOL.

  5. Anyway, this gonna be temporary only. Unless I need it, I’ll probably keep it in the bag most of the time. A bit pai seh to bring out it in the public too :P

  6. I see no different between the image with and without the so called diffuser… maybe using another type of element…. just saying