DIY Diffuser (raptorshpere)


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raptor84

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Just my attempt at making a diffuser/bouncer for my 430ex. I took an old food container and cut ahole in the base to fit the falsh and kept the lid. I then pasted 2 layers of tracing paper on the top and inserted on ring into the bowl part making sure it dosent cover over the flash. The circle of foil can be inserted into the top part of the bowl and covered with the top part to reflect the light back down in the event the celing is too high.



This is not meant to be used as a direct diffuser but rather as an 'omnibounce' of sorts.

Below are the results.


Normal Bounce



Without foil inserted



With foil inserted


As you can see the diffuser does lose quite a bit of light. All the pics were taken with FEL on manual and a timer release. Next, subject tests...
 

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Hi raptor.... sorry to interrupt your post.
Did u set ur flash to manual mode?
If you didn't, maybe the bright spot caused by the diffuser is fooling your flash into underexposing.

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Right first in landscape mode. All shot on manual. Bounced pics had FEC +1/2 or +1...

Direct



Bounced with no diffuser



Raptorsphere without foil



Raptorsphere with foil



While the bounced pic produces the most 3d looking pics the difuser does help fill in the shadows a little more while not being as harsh as direct. The foil makes the light harsher but not as bad as direct. Can be useful if the celing is too high :D

Next up.. portrait mode...
 

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Now turning the camera sideways..

Direct



Bounced



Raptorsphere without foil



Raptorsphere with foil



THats it fomr my tests. I can conclude that while it is no LSPJ2, it only costs less than $1. If you arent a professional you can try making one and save a few bucks :bsmilie: You will need to make a custom WB though as even with ETTL II it wont get it 100% correct as the tracing paper can be a little warm and the foil a little too cool.
 

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Bet you some other people are already trying your design.
 

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Wow the DIY diffuser seems to give great results. Maybe I'll give it a try.
 

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any good idea where i can get the tupperware? jurong point doesnt seem to have any...
 

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Hey raptor84 I also made one. The results were pretty good thank for sharing.
 

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