29th July 2004, 11:06 PM
No clear help here for bounce card.
I just searched the whole site on "how to make a bounce card". There are alot of talks, but no real instruction. It will be good if the moderator or anyone can do up a step-by-step instruction and put it up here for newbie to read and follow the steps to make the bounce card. Like what sfhuang did for the "step-by-step DIY CCD cleaning".
Also what's the best size and material, where to get?
29th July 2004, 11:24 PM
29th July 2004, 11:28 PM
I saw that site... What I think is CS should have this kind of page here so newbie no need to search forum for it.
Anyway, instruction should be very technical and simple.
29th July 2004, 11:30 PM
oh, i do remember seeing a page in cs about how to make bounce card
cos tt time i made 1 too
29th July 2004, 11:33 PM
wah, you are asking to be spoon fed....
29th July 2004, 11:33 PM
29th July 2004, 11:36 PM
Less mistakes mah. Anyway, here so many people have done one, so I believe there ought to be a size that works best. I saw huge ones before and small one about the width of a flash. So which one works best?
Last edited by TrailsofLife; 29th July 2004 at 11:39 PM.
29th July 2004, 11:45 PM
use own creativity to make one.
encountered once that i forgot to bring my diy bounce card to a charity event. was the event photographer. so what i did was grab a paper plate from the buffet table and start to cut out the shape. Luckily the paper plate was a white one. Using a rubber band i tied the b/card to my flash.
viola, a replacement within minutes.
29th July 2004, 11:47 PM
29th July 2004, 11:56 PM
just made my own bounce card a week ago.. up for comments pls..
30th July 2004, 09:40 AM
Hi, what's the effect of this size of bounce card? Size determine the softness?
I want soft shadow.
30th July 2004, 09:55 AM
30th July 2004, 10:42 AM
Expecting answers to be served on a silver platter?
Bounce cards are mostly home-built, I've seen some fairly standard ones utilizing a simple card and rubber band, and some very creative ones using thick art house cardboard glued together origami-fashion to fit over the flash head, and yet fold flat into the camera bag afterward.
I've once loaned my brother my spare flash for the auto show back in June and his friend fashioned a simple (yet effective) bounce card for him on the spot from brochures obtained from the show because straight-on flash gave him harsh shadows.
So you see there's a great variation of how you can do it, not really any right or wrong way, as long as the intended purpose is achieved.
You have to experiment to see what suits you, get creative, and use that grey matter in between the ears a bit.
I hope what I say does not get misconstrued as being elitist or unwilling to share, but I guess this saying says it best:
"God helps those who help themselves"
30th July 2004, 10:49 AM
2nd August 2004, 02:46 AM
alternatively....if u wanna fully utilize the light...take a piece of paper and use it as u would a bounce card ....see how big the flash area is on the paper...then cut out the desired area....paste on board...use....all light utilized....
theres also something about the shape of bounce cards haah...
2nd August 2004, 01:49 PM
3rd August 2004, 10:57 PM
Thankyou those who showed and shared their experience. I shall ignore the rest whose sarcastic , spoons and platters not needed here. go and tell it to the pro who ask for help.
I shall share with those who wnt to learn, my experiment:
I tried three size altogether, 10cm, 15cm and 22cm. I realised that 10 and 15cm are the best, the shadow is soft and the highlights are not burnt, 22cm tend to make foreground a tad too bright and it lit up a bit too much.
My verdict, or rather my recommendation would be 10 to 12cm
Material: can get from art shop at Bras basah complex, about $3.00, can make a dozen . mine is a little yellow, it cause the subject to be a little warm which is nice when you should portraits or human subjects.
Shape: I used a square or rectangle(1:1.15 ratio), circle don't work because side is bit vignette, triangle works fine.
Hope this will help the next guy or gal who search for help her and just use their creativity on shooting better photo.
Remember: help those who need help, selflessness is a virtue.
Last edited by TrailsofLife; 3rd August 2004 at 11:18 PM.
5th August 2004, 01:27 AM
may I know what is the effect of the sliver side ?
Originally Posted by swerve
6th August 2004, 04:39 PM
haven't had a chance to test it properly.. apparently, its to diffuse the light.. hence got to crumple the alumnimum foil.. but then, haven't got the chance to see what's the difference..
Originally Posted by Reyon