There aren't many solutions for softening the harsh flash of a point-and-shoot digital camera.  I've tried holding a piece of paper in front of the flash - and that works to a point - but I get inconsistent results, probably because it's hard to consistently angle the paper correctly.  There's a commercial solution, but it costs $20 and the manufacturer actually makes two models to fit different cameras, which means it may not be easily interchangeable from one camera to the next.

I show a way to cut a medicine cup to hold a piece of vellum or paper at a consistent angle in front of your flash. 

Step 1: Materials

*A medicine cup with a bottom diameter smaller than the diameter of your camera lens (measured where the lens enters the camera body)
*A squarish piece of vellum about 2 inches on a side.  I imagine other translucent material would work too, but vellum works well because it's lightweight and stiff.  I used a piece salvaged from a fancy invitation.
*Clear packing tape
*A piece of paper about the size of a 2 to 3 inch post-it
*Something to cut with (scissors, exacto knife)

ahh here they are...lol <br>
Here is a couple pics of the &quot;Proto type i made, this one I shot a thin coat of white spray paint over but had to sand it off cause it didnt work too well, but in sanding the paint off, i got too crazy and made the disc too thin and it cracked...lol
i took one of those clear cd's that come in the stacks of blank cd's as a protector for the bottom CD so it doesnt get scratched... i drilled out the hole in the center with a hole saw so it fits snuggly around the lens on my canon sd850IS when its fully opened. then i used a really sharp razor knife to cut the CD into a sort of tear drop shape so that the hole for the lens was at the bottom almost at the point of the teardrop, the part thats usually on top of a tear drop when you draw one. I then scuffed the CD up really good with some fine grit sandpaper and it works awesome!

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