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    Smile Help with pop-up flashes

    Hi, I've been using Powershot S3 for a while now. I took many photos with the built-in flash but I hate the white-out or 'fake light' look on subjects that the build-in flash creates?

    I read some posts and found that you need a diffuser for flash. But those diffusers are for external flashes. I'm wondering if there is any way I can use a diffuser on a pop-up flash like the one on the S3??

    Also, if there is a need for a slave flash, how to attach the slave flash together with the camera? Or do I need to be holding both the camera and the slave flash?

    Any advice would be much appreciated.

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    u can DIY a diffuser but a thinner and weaker kind of diffuser cause pop up flash dont produce much power.

    http://www.shop.com/op/aprod-p269836...up+flash-nover

    i found one there. can use ur creativity to attach it to your camera.

    about the slave flash im not sure..

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    Actually, if you want a cheap home-made solution, try cutting a piece of A4 paper in that shape and stick on.

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    powershot can use slave flash? i thought this is dslr domain

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    Default Re: Help with pop-up flashes

    powershot can use slave flash? i thought this is dslr domain
    That is to use the pop-up flash to trigger the slave flash such as the Emoblitz ds328az .

    Or you can try this http://www.lumiquest.com/softscreen.htm

    Cathay selling for S$20 on their website.http://www.cathayphoto.com.sg/specialoffers/?p=4
    Last edited by mega32; 31st December 2006 at 09:17 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mega32 View Post
    That is to use the pop-up flash to trigger the slave flash such as the Emoblitz ds328az .

    Or you can try this http://www.lumiquest.com/softscreen.htm

    Cathay selling for S$20 on their website.http://www.cathayphoto.com.sg/specialoffers/?p=4
    great thanks! It says it fits most DSLRs, I wonder if it will fit my non-DSLR...
    I think I'll go and check it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jumbocrab View Post
    Actually, if you want a cheap home-made solution, try cutting a piece of A4 paper in that shape and stick on.
    I tried normal paper, but it created a sort of a shadow instead. Do you think aluminium foil will work??

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    The idea is to diffuse not reflex.
    Try a translusent sheet of plastic cut into the shape of the lumiquest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by user111 View Post
    powershot can use slave flash? i thought this is dslr domain
    Not really. Someone from CS has done slave flash with a Canon A610 for macro shots before.

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    thanks for the tips!

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    Quote Originally Posted by frenchbean View Post
    Not really. Someone from CS has done slave flash with a Canon A610 for macro shots before.
    Wow. Thats news to me. The wonders of technology.

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    Quote Originally Posted by user111 View Post
    powershot can use slave flash? i thought this is dslr domain
    Can.. As long as you have got aperture control, you can use slave flash.

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    dun use the usual paper, use rice paper, or those OHP ones

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    use tissue paper.. mai hiam buay pai la. i cheapo.

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    i found that tissue paper works quite well. haha

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    give me a five man.. keke.. and it's cheap and disposable. and also can choose to have 1 ply 2 pl or 3 ply depending on your requirement. hehe

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    Quote Originally Posted by compro_1975 View Post
    dun use the usual paper, use rice paper, or those OHP ones
    actually i found that using the lumiquest soft screen + paper to be the most effective. I could even take a picture of myself through a mirror with direct flash blasting without any unwanted flares, shadows etc...

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    Quote Originally Posted by xeon11 View Post
    actually i found that using the lumiquest soft screen + paper to be the most effective. I could even take a picture of myself through a mirror with direct flash blasting without any unwanted flares, shadows etc...
    use soft screen why still need paper???

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    Default Re: Help with pop-up flashes

    Hi guys,

    You might want to check out the home-made cigarette box diffuser...

    http://www.instructables.com/id/EFWF...6BX8/?ALLSTEPS

    I have yet to try it out though

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