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catkins
24th April 2012, 12:17 PM
Well, for once my cheapskate ways seem to have worked wonders, just as I was about to go into Newcastle to waste hours looking for suitable flashgun solutions.
I've got a wedding where I'm helping a friend take some shots and I'm keen to use the Metz 58 AF-2, but there's no doubt that it's powerful flash may create burn out of highlights, so for the last week I've been dithering over all the options from expensive to cheap, tiny to oversized, technically interesting to simple and straightforward. But at the last minute my plans had to change, and it was time to check out the DIY solutions - old slide box lids (too small), old clear DVD cases (not opaque enough), old 5l. screen wash bottle (nice opaqueness but a lot of shaping, bending & glueing to do). And while cleaning out the screen wash bottle . . . what's this, an empty Carex refill pack bottle, maybe a little wide but looks promising and a nice white opaque plastic. A little cutting and shaping later, a few small bits of self stick velcro top and bottom, and . . . here's the solution

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/DIY_Carex_diffuser_1200_resize.JPG (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/45627)

and luckily, I had a well known celebrity to photograph, namely Yakov the Meerkat
The first shot (left) shows the flash used without a diffuser and the second (right) is with the DIY Carex diffuser - the wall is painted apple white (very pale green) so this image shows the colour truer
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/DIY_diffuser_-_Carex_diffuser_off_flashgun_1200_resize.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/45628) http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/DIY_diffuser_-_Carex_diffuser_on_flashgun_1200_resize.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/45629)

Is it worth using the free diffuser - well, looking at the RAW files, yes, the whites may not be cleaner and washed out (i.e. better for wedding shots), but my photos smell so much better!! But what do you think??

Regards
Chris

snaarman
24th April 2012, 02:09 PM
Yes, a diffuser is a good thing to use, though you might want to move it forward from the flash a bit so the light can get out the sides and bounce around the room...

There was a thread about home made stuff including diffusers here http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthread.php?t=13955

and I did a blog about my own foldy plastic thing http://snaarman.blogspot.co.uk/2011/05/soft-in-yer-face.html

In general, larger and further from flashgun seems to be better. Equally compact and cheap is good as well :-)

Pete

Graham_of_Rainham
24th April 2012, 03:22 PM
I think we need a DiY thread in which to collect all these ideas :cool:

catkins
24th April 2012, 06:52 PM
Yes, a diffuser is a good thing to use, though you might want to move it forward from the flash a bit so the light can get out the sides and bounce around the room...

There was a thread about home made stuff including diffusers here http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthread.php?t=13955

and I did a blog about my own foldy plastic thing http://snaarman.blogspot.co.uk/2011/05/soft-in-yer-face.html

In general, larger and further from flashgun seems to be better. Equally compact and cheap is good as well :-)

Pete

Thanks for that - I hadn't really thought out the pros and cons of placement partly due to time and partly due to the Carex bottle having a ridge near the base which helps hold it in place, with a small bit of velcro just adding extra security when out and about.
So I'll have an experiment or two to see what differences it makes - at the moment it does seem to give a pretty good spread of light partly possibly because the base is actually concave which may help in the distribution of the flash light, but I'll update after a few more tests with the help of Yakov!

Regards
Chris