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    Default DIY pop up flash diffuser using a colgate box

    Saw someone using a toothpaste box to make a flash diffuser on youtube, so decided to experiment with the idea and come up with my own version

    Here's a photo of the flash diffuser, mounted on the pop up flash of a Canon 1000d.

    basically the light from the flash bounces off the white paper a few mm in front of the flash head, on to the angled white strips behind, where it is bounced again towards the subject. this will significantly diffuse the light from the flash.

    some test shots....

    firstly, without the flash diffuser. notice the trademark harsh lighting and shadows.


    next, with the flash diffuser. the light is softer and warmer, and the harsh shadows are gone.


    comments welcome.

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    Default Re: DIY pop up flash diffuser using a colgate box

    wah, thanks for sharing.. maybe tmr i will make one and test it out too! anyway, how do you secure it to the flash?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tecnica View Post
    wah, thanks for sharing.. maybe tmr i will make one and test it out too! anyway, how do you secure it to the flash?
    i just slot it over the flash head and it stays in place

    the fit between the toothpaste box and the flash head should be slightly snug, otherwise you may have to use scotch tape to secure the flash diffuser to the camera.

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    thanks for sharing. I'm looking for ways to diffuse the inbuilt flash when i do not wana bring ext flash along. I use a puffer for the inbuilt flash but the direct flash angle still pose a problem. Looks like this is something I should try out too. haha...thanks bro.

    Anyway, the 2nd diffused photo seems warmer. Is it due to the reflector used?
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    Default Re: DIY pop up flash diffuser using a colgate box

    if you angle the front reflector to bounce up and back (stick silver sticker)
    and then make the back reflector bigger (matt white)

    i believe that will get better results

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    Good job! just curious, roughly how far can you stand before the flash gets too weak?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ovaltinemilo View Post
    thanks for sharing. I'm looking for ways to diffuse the inbuilt flash when i do not wana bring ext flash along. I use a puffer for the inbuilt flash but the direct flash angle still pose a problem. Looks like this is something I should try out too. haha...thanks bro.

    Anyway, the 2nd diffused photo seems warmer. Is it due to the reflector used?
    you're welcome

    yes, i think the 2nd photo looks warmer because of the reflector used. i believe using the puffer diffuser will also give you warmer tones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ortega View Post
    if you angle the front reflector to bounce up and back (stick silver sticker)
    and then make the back reflector bigger (matt white)

    i believe that will get better results
    yes, excellent suggestion. will certainly give that a try!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aimevous View Post
    Good job! just curious, roughly how far can you stand before the flash gets too weak?
    about 1.5m. so it's good for close-up portraits, but not for group shots.

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    Default Re: DIY pop up flash diffuser using a colgate box

    nice. seems effective and is really cheap.
    Thanks for sharing!.
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    Default Re: DIY pop up flash diffuser using a colgate box

    Quote Originally Posted by zaren View Post
    you're welcome

    yes, i think the 2nd photo looks warmer because of the reflector used. i believe using the puffer diffuser will also give you warmer tones.
    Yesh, this I can confirm too..haha...

    I am studying your diy and hope to do something for my inbuilt flash..haha..
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    nice DIY.. i find DIY diffusers not only cheaper but better as we can shape them in anyway we want

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    sweet. thanks for sharing.

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    Default Re: DIY pop up flash diffuser using a colgate box

    Thats nice..Tks for sharing.. beats the "puffer" by GF, cheaper and more versatile.. but looks can be improve..
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