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    Default Is there any benefit in cutting a hole through the flash diffuser cap?

    Just curious. Wondering anyone here actually cut a hole on your flash diffuser cap? What tool did you use to cut it? Do you see any great benefit in cutting a hole?
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    Default Re: Is there any benefit in cutting a hole through the flash diffuser cap?

    Quote Originally Posted by sin77 View Post
    Just curious. Wondering anyone here actually cut a hole on your flash diffuser cap? What tool did you use to cut it? Do you see any great benefit in cutting a hole?
    I have not seen any example use of such lighting.You will be the first.You can cut a round,square or
    rectangular hole with a coping saw. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coping_saw
    or fret saw. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fretsaw

    Drill 4 holes large enough for saw blade to pass through at the corner(don't drill at the exact corner line).Another one show which direction the blade http://www.technologystudent.com/equip1/coping1.htm
    is suppose to face the handle.

    If you know what is hard light (from flash without diffuser) and soft/diffused light and it's properties meaning hard light = sharp shadows and contrast= dramatic versus diffused light=
    soft and pleasing/even effect then I think you will get a halo effect from these two types
    of lighting with a hole in the diffuser.
    Last edited by one eye jack; 12th January 2014 at 01:23 PM.

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    Default Re: Is there any benefit in cutting a hole through the flash diffuser cap?

    What's your intention? Just take it off when it isn't needed?

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    Default Re: Is there any benefit in cutting a hole through the flash diffuser cap?

    Quote Originally Posted by sin77 View Post
    Just curious. Wondering anyone here actually cut a hole on your flash diffuser cap? What tool did you use to cut it? Do you see any great benefit in cutting a hole?
    Where have you seen it? In which situation? Was there any other modification or additional gear attached to the flash / diffuser cap?
    I can imagine that in order to direct the light further or to create a certain effect of sharp shadows such a hole might be good. Search for snouts, some people here in CS have built their own ones.
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    I heard this modification long long time before, long before the modern flash has it built in, the little bounce card that can pull out when needed.
    The main purpose is to direct some light forward to your subject.
    If you want to cut a hole, be sure you also have a original uncut one when you want use it at it is.
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