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    Default DIY Strobe Reflector

    1x pandan cake box (better if you can find those that are bowl shape.)
    1x plastic takeaway container
    3x A4 plain paper (change this to alu foil if you want strong lighting.)
    1x A4 alu foil (better if use fish eye mirror)
    spray glue
    translucent sticking tape

    steps
    1) cut rectangular slot at the base of the pandan cake box for the flash head.
    2) stick the A4 plain papers inside wall and base of the pandan cake box. make the same rectangular slot on the base paper.
    3) cut a circular piece of alu foil and stick it onto the base, inside the plastic takaway container.
    4) tape the plastic takeaway container (inverted) to the inside base of the pandan cake box. get is as center as possible.

    the reflector is done



    Last edited by denniskee; 20th May 2008 at 01:51 AM.
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    Default Re: DIY Strobe Reflector

    look like a washing basin... maybe can try that to replace a ring flash
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    Default Re: DIY Strobe Reflector

    Quote Originally Posted by Del_CtrlnoAlt View Post
    look like a washing basin... maybe can try that to replace a ring flash
    problem is, i no ring flash, so must use the flash gun for light source.

    you can still DIY a ring flash using normal hot shoe mounted flash, just that it takes more work. but you will retain the ttl, ettl, ittl or other light system of the camera you are using.
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    Default Re: DIY Strobe Reflector

    Can you post some sample images taken with setup (compared to direct and bounced)?

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    Default Re: DIY Strobe Reflector

    effect not good, but will be much better if can use the alternative mat'l i had stated for construction. now looking for the bowl shape container.
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    Default Re: DIY Strobe Reflector

    prototype 2
    using aluminum wok cove as reflector. instead of removing the alu completely for the hole for the flash, i cut right in the middle, than bend the mat'l into 2 flaps to secure the wok to the flash head.

    also, since i dont have fisheye mirror, i folded a cone with the alu foil with the shinny surface outside. stick it into the plastic takeaway container.

    setup
    1) mounted camera on tripod
    2) flash on another tripod,
    3) flash placed on the left of camera when looking through the view finder. about 1ft higher than camera also.


    result
    1) wider coverage than stofen, see the bed room door on the left.
    2) more even lighting than the 1st prototype and also stofen.
    3) prototype 2 is brighter than stofen. note flash fix to manual at 1/64 power and direction remain unchange.
    Last edited by denniskee; 22nd May 2008 at 02:26 PM.
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    Default Re: DIY Strobe Reflector

    taken with Woklight prototype 2



    taken with Stofen Omni-bounce



    prototype 2 fired



    prototype 2 not fired
    Last edited by denniskee; 29th May 2008 at 11:41 AM.
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    Default Re: DIY Strobe Reflector

    Hmm, I'm not very sure which one I like better. The Stofen seems to have more even lighting (though darker) but the shadows of the wok reflector is softer (though still quite distracting).

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    Bro, you can buy a white umbrella in Daiso and use as softbox. $2 only
    + you can buy a Car shade there too ($2) and use as reflector.

    I have done that and quite good for home studio

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    Default Re: DIY Strobe Reflector

    Quote Originally Posted by lennyl View Post
    Hmm, I'm not very sure which one I like better. The Stofen seems to have more even lighting (though darker) but the shadows of the wok reflector is softer (though still quite distracting).
    i thought the prototype 2 is more even judging the lighting from the wall extending to the door frame.

    or is it because it is brighter. cant decide.
    Last edited by denniskee; 22nd May 2008 at 02:40 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cthep2 View Post
    Bro, you can buy a white umbrella in Daiso and use as softbox. $2 only
    + you can buy a Car shade there too ($2) and use as reflector.

    I have done that and quite good for home studio
    ha ha ha, mine are stuff people throw away, so no cost.
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    Quote Originally Posted by denniskee View Post
    i thought the prototype 2 is more even judging the lighting from the wall extending to the door frame.

    or is it because it is brighter. cant decide.
    What caught my eye was the bright area around your diaphragm (is that the correct name for that area? between chest and stomach).

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    Quote Originally Posted by lennyl View Post
    What caught my eye was the bright area around your diaphragm (is that the correct name for that area? between chest and stomach).
    arh, i c, ok, will put a hollow tube in the centre, like ring flash, will post later.
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    Default Re: DIY Strobe Reflector

    dennis = iron man... centre put torch light.
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    Default Re: DIY Strobe Reflector

    Quote Originally Posted by Del_CtrlnoAlt View Post
    dennis = iron man... centre put torch light.
    oops, you found out my secrete id, now i will have to silence all csers. wahhaha.

    but actually, i am known as "WOKMAN".

    anyway, spray paint inside of the wok white, will test next week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by denniskee View Post
    oops, you found out my secrete id, now i will have to silence all csers. wahhaha.

    but actually, i am known as "WOKMAN".

    anyway, spray paint inside of the wok white, will test next week.
    u the zichar man rite... btw, isn't a wok defeating its purpose if its too heavy... probably good as a beauty dish.
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    Default Re: DIY Strobe Reflector

    Quote Originally Posted by Del_CtrlnoAlt View Post
    u the zichar man rite... btw, isn't a wok defeating its purpose if its too heavy... probably good as a beauty dish.
    the wok is very light, it doent force the flash head to bend down, so you are still free to twist and turn the head at any angle / direction.
    Last edited by denniskee; 23rd May 2008 at 01:37 PM.
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    Default Re: DIY Strobe Reflector

    "Woklight" Prototype 2



    "Woklight" Prototype 3


    still room for improvement, stay tune for "Woklight" Prototype 4.
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    Wah Dennis...can really see 'donuts' in the TV screen reflection!

    Can;lt wait to see V8 by this weekend!

    p.s. Tried to return call to you earlier no ans.

    CHEERS!

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    Default Re: DIY Strobe Reflector

    Hot shoe mounted, 550ex at 50mm, direct flash, 60mm focal length on d60

    With Stofen Omni-bounce



    With Woklight P3
    Last edited by denniskee; 29th May 2008 at 11:42 AM.
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