DIY "Ikea" Flash Diffuser


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Hi guys, I was using the Light Sphere quite often, but find that it's really bulky and heavy. So came up with this idea of a similar method of diffusion while reducing the bulkiness.
he diffusion medium is a Rationell Drawer Mat from Ikea. COst $7.90 for a 150.4 x 50.4cm roll.

Uploaded the instructions here.

Some comparisons:
1. Direct flash


2. Direct flash, pointed upwards


3. Light sphere


4. Ikea Diffuser


Hope you guys like it. : )

***Update***
Just came across a commercial product that is similar:
http://www.uneed-hk.com/product/podketidea/magiclight/magiclight.html
 

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Hey thats a real cool idea....
Do post samples if u have any... :thumbsup:


I also came across an ikea light tent for product shoots.... ;p

http://sodoityourself.com/the-ikea-hamper-light-tent/

i think the light inside not a very good option..
but if there where two lights outside would be great...

and it's collaspeable...
 

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any sample of pictures taken with this special diffuser? How does it compare with the rest?
Hi JacePhoto, updated the first post.
Actually the photos are shown in step 4 of the instructables.
 

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Hey thats a real cool idea....
Do post samples if u have any... :thumbsup:


I also came across an ikea light tent for product shoots.... ;p

http://sodoityourself.com/the-ikea-hamper-light-tent/

i think the light inside not a very good option..
but if there where two lights outside would be great...

and it's collaspeable...
Umm... different purpose.... but for DIY light tent, this is good: http://strobist.blogspot.com/2006/07/how-to-diy-10-macro-photo-studio.html
 

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cool... can you post more sample pix?
 

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surprisingly 2. Direct flash, pointed upwards looks better among the four as it does not have hash lighting on the crystal ball and shadows on the background
 

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surprisingly 2. Direct flash, pointed upwards looks better among the four as it does not have hash lighting on the crystal ball and shadows on the background
is it becos there is a ceiling to bounce the lights? imho, if the ceiling is too high or outdoors, LS or the ikea diffuser would be better.
 

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surprisingly 2. Direct flash, pointed upwards looks better among the four as it does not have hash lighting on the crystal ball and shadows on the background
It looks the most natural, yes, but take note that those are not human subjects. When you shoot humans, you'll end up with shadows in the recessed areas such as the eye sockets and below the nose.

What the diffuser does is catch a little of that light thrown up and throw it forward, so it fills up those recessed areas, and gives your subject's eyes a sparkle, also called a catchlight. This is why I always try to use fill flash when shooting casual photos for my friends too.
 

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cool... can you post more sample pix?
Will try to shoot n compare using humans...

surprisingly 2. Direct flash, pointed upwards looks better among the four as it does not have hash lighting on the crystal ball and shadows on the background
Thanks for pointing that out, didn't realise that.

is it becos there is a ceiling to bounce the lights? imho, if the ceiling is too high or outdoors, LS or the ikea diffuser would be better.
I guess so, these were done in my living room.

It looks the most natural, yes, but take note that those are not human subjects. When you shoot humans, you'll end up with shadows in the recessed areas such as the eye sockets and below the nose.

What the diffuser does is catch a little of that light thrown up and throw it forward, so it fills up those recessed areas, and gives your subject's eyes a sparkle, also called a catchlight. This is why I always try to use fill flash when shooting casual photos for my friends too.
Thanks Calebk.

Will try to shoot some humans to do better comparison.
Hope more ppl can try too :) $7.90 can do quite alot of diffusers :cool:
Cheers :)
 

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tempting me to go ikea tomorrow :p
 

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Cool DIY idea.

think that there is alot of snappers out there that either find that commercial diffuser like the LS is too bulky or too expensive, that drive them to be creative and DIY their own solution.

I DIY-ed my own diffuser + a bounce card, so far havent test it out on outdoor nite condition where there is no celling to bounce light.
 

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Cool!:thumbsup:

I just realised I've a roll sitting in my pantry and was wondering what I should do with it. Now I can try this. Thanks.
 

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tempting me to go ikea tomorrow :p
:D

Cool DIY idea.

think that there is alot of snappers out there that either find that commercial diffuser like the LS is too bulky or too expensive, that drive them to be creative and DIY their own solution.

I DIY-ed my own diffuser + a bounce card, so far havent test it out on outdoor nite condition where there is no celling to bounce light.
Thanks Nixontkl, saw ur diffuser + bounce card, cool idea :thumbsup:
Only thing, is the hinge fragile?

Once I get some velcro, will be making another version with foamtastic as a backing :)
 

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Panzer said:
Cool!

I just realised I've a roll sitting in my pantry and was wondering what I should do with it. Now I can try this. Thanks.
Keke :) Happy modding :)
 

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:D


Thanks Nixontkl, saw ur diffuser + bounce card, cool idea :thumbsup:
Only thing, is the hinge fragile?

Once I get some velcro, will be making another version with foamtastic as a backing :)
well so far so good, the hinge I re-enforce using triangle acrylic to increase the contact surface in between joints, can lift the whole flash up just by the bounce card. my 1st bounce card's joint area wasnt re-enforce with triangle acrylic and broke off when i accidently hit it while it was mounted.
 

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