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To achieve a soft diffused flash, often you will need to use a soft box or bounce your flash off walls and ceilings. You can also get a diffusion dome and attach onto the flash which is a bit better than using a bare flash.
Flash with diffusion dome
There are also other products out there that are designed to diffuse the flash light, such as the Gary Fong accessories.
But to have something that works as good but cost very much less. I have made myself a complete bounce flash kit using foam mats and an elastic band. There are many advantages of using foam mats to create the attachments.
Light – The foam mat is light, it doesn’t add additional weight to your camera bag
Flexible – The foam mat is flexible, so you can roll it up and store it anywhere in you camera bag unlike carrying a Gary Fong :). You can size it/bend it the way you want. You also don’t need to worry about hitting it against walls
Snaps on easily – It is effortless to put on the attachments, simply slip it on and hold it in place using an elastic band
Replaceable – It is cheap to replace if you lose it on the road.
Large diffusion area – You can design the size of the bounce card to suit.
I have created a full snoot using one single foam mat and hold in place using an elastic band. The snoot is used to create a directional light.
Half Snoot can also be created using one single foam mat. Simply fold it to the required size and hold it in place using an elastic band. The half snoot can be rotated each side very easily. Half snoot is used to minimise lens flare caused by the flash and minimise direct flash to the subject similar to how barn gate works. Half snoot is also useful to block the flash from flashing into the guests behind you.
To create a bounce card, you will need one single black foam mat and one single white foam mat. The flash is pointed upward to light up the white area of the bounce card which is effective soften and diffused. The diffused light is then bounced forward to light up your subject while also bouncing off the ceiling.
This is how they look when the flash is fired.
Bounce card – The white area of the bounce card is lighted up to create a diffused light.
The half snoot – Provide a directional light while preventing the light flashing towards the undesired side.
If you want to purchase the complete DIY bounce flash kit ~ $15.50NZD free shipping, give me an email. Accepting orders within New Zealand only.
The kit includes:
3x Black foam mats (A4 size)
1x White foam mat (A4 size)
2x Elastic bands
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