DIY On-camera Flash Bounce / Reflector

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Introduction: DIY On-camera Flash Bounce / Reflector

Harsh flashes suck. Not having enough light sucks. Being poor sucks. Therefor, I have created a flash bounce that goes on your camera, uses your built in flash, and costs about nothing and no time to make, and increases photography skills by about 20 points.

You need:
scissors,
cardboard,
tape like I used to keep it on the camera better, but its not necessary

Step 1: Find Cardboard

It should be white on one side. You need a rectangle about 4" by 6" at most, depending on your camera.

Step 2: Cut It Out

Add notches to it so that it will attach to your camera's flash by friction. Looks something like this.

Step 3: Bend It and Stick It On

About 45 degrees up to bounce off the ceiling and wall behind you.

Step 4: Take Pictures

Try it out. It works best when there is a white wall behind you, as it takes the color of whatever it bounces off of and puts it on your subject.

The first pic is no flash, second is normal flash, third is with the bounce.

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    10 Discussions

    This is perfect! I was thinking of buying one that fits over my flash and in looking for alternatives came across this. Just experimented and it works like a charm. With my particular camera I have to hold one side to steady it but that matters not at all. Thank you!!

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    mawi
    mawi

    10 years ago on Introduction

    Great idea, very simple and it works great.

    Thanks a lot



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    lior.danos
    lior.danos

    10 years ago on Introduction

    Very nice, i dont have a pop up flash camera, so i took a white visiting card.
    i compared between: full flash, no flash and "visiting car" reflector pictures.... and the 3rd option is by far the most excellent.

    Nice tip.

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    ryantmer
    ryantmer

    10 years ago on Introduction

    Very nice! I just tried something similar today with a 4 litre milk jug. Bit of cutting, and the cloudy plastic does the rest. Not quite as portable as this though...

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    stone3408
    stone3408

    10 years ago on Introduction

    Great idea!  I can't believe that its this simple.  I suppose that you could come up with some type of recycle plastic model as well.  Maybe you could cut out of 4inch pvc pipe with a hot shoe mount? Hmmm many thoughts.

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    dinghy
    dinghy

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    This could also be done (maybe with even better results) using a half of a soda cup like you get at a fast food place. It would probably be more reflective, and already bent.