The author of it takes up the challenge of creating a full studio lighting system for under $75.
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There are a lot of DIY flash diffuser hacks and tutorials around but this one from our friend Chris at DSLRBlog is pretty cool.
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Want to make one for yourself? This tutorial for the DIY Ghetto Flash Extender will tell you how.
Lately I’ve had more and more questions from readers about how to set up shots with multiple flash units to light a subject from more than one angle.
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This DIY Softbox tutorial is great – it requires card, a white sheet (silk if you can), velcro, scissors, glue and the template that the tutorial provides you with.
All you need for this one (pictured left) is a used milk bottle/jug and some scissors.
It uses the light from your camera’s flash to light your subject using fibre optics arranged around your lens to give a more even light.
Any of these methods will decrease the amount of light getting out from the flash onto your subject – hopefully resulting in a more subtle light and a less blown out image.
The results look pretty good – but if you want more DIY softboxes the same site also has another tutorial for an alternative softbox.
OK – this tutorial isn’t for anyone looking for a quick simple solution – but it is a challenge that I’m sure some of you will be up for!
It is a DIY Fibre-Optic flash extension for your DSLR’s popup flash!
Photography gear can get quite expensive. Even if you have a large budget there are so many different items that you’ll always have to decide what is a priority and what is not. Most enthusiasts want to put their money towards a quality camera body and lenses, and being able to save some money on other items is a big win.
This one looks like a lot of fun to play with – even if it’s just for the challenge of it and the looks you’d get when you pull it out next time you do a shoot..
In our Inexpensive Light Tent tutorial Jeffrey shows you how to turn a box, fabric, tape, glue board and light into a great little light tent.
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Another similar Flash Bouncer/Diffuser can be found over at DPReview here. This one is foam also.
I saw this one recently and I think it makes a worthy addition to this post.
As usual, light boxes can cost you quite a bit – but thanks to DPS reader Jeffrey Bail you might be able to achieve the results without having to spend much at all.
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If you want to experiment with other methods of making DIY ring flashes you also might want to check out this post for another method. This one is a little more involved, but I think will probably get better results.
You will need your own flash unit to use the flash diffusers on – but the rest is all included in the tutorial.
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Another cool DIY Hack is this Party Bouncer Card (pictured left) which is so simple yet promises to be so useful and effective.
It worked out pretty good too – not bad for the cost of a couple of liters of milk!
It allows you to bounce some light off the ceiling while also diffusing the light going forward – this will enable you to get a less harsh flash effect that many flashes leave images with. I like this one as it pushes the light out from your flash in two directions which can lead to a more even light rather than just diffusing it – a little more sophisticated.
In this tutorial and author shows you how to use a disposable camera to act as a remote slave flash.
Another way that professional photographers diffuse the light that comes from a flash and gets a nice subtle and even light on their subject is to use a softbox
It’s not difficult to do if you have the budget to buy yourself an extra speedlight flash or two (or more) but if you don’t have the budget is there a way?
Most of us can’t afford a full lighting rig – however what if there was a way to experiment with the type of lighting gear that pro photographers use without spending too much money? What if you could make it yourself.
In this post I’ve found 10 DIY Flash and Lighting Hacks that put some of these lighting techniques within the grasp of the rest of us. Some are more involved than others but all are fun and will provide you with some new lighting gear to experiment with.
Another quick DIY on diffusing a flash is to put a little translucent magic tape over a flash (or a piece of white tissue paper can do it too).
This is particularly useful for wildlife photographers who want to supplement natural light in tricky lighting with fill flash. Of course sometimes it’s difficult to get close to that animal and a normal flash would have no impact.
A softbox sits over a light (it’s a big box with white walls) which ensures the light is spread out evenly.
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Beauty dishes are wonderful pieces of photographic equipment to experiment with – but they can be very expensive.
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Lighting can be the difference between a good shot and a great one.
The tutorial even includes a template for you to print out on your printer and then cut out – what more do you need?
What can you make with six speedlight flashes, a coffee can and a little spare time?
Enter the Flash Extender (one popular one is the ‘better beamer’).
Find out what it is, how to make one and what the results are like here.
In this hack learn how to use a simple Turkey Pan to get some pretty amazing beauty dish results! The comparison examples in this tutorial between the turkey pan version and the real thing are pretty convincing.
There are a lot of tutorials online that can help you to save some money by showing you how to create your own DIY versions of different pieces of gear. We’ve compiled this list of 25 DIY projects that relate specifically to lighting. The tutorials, articles, and videos showcased here are outstanding resources that can help you to get great results with your photos without the need to spend a lot on expensive equipment.
Have you ever wanted to replicate the crisp clean product images that you see in catalogs with the products seemingly floating on a white background?
It costs Ã‚Â£1, takes 5 minutes, requires craft foam, a little elastic and some scissors.
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Walk into most professional photographer’s studios and you’ll be confronted with truckloads of lighting equipment. To the average hobby photographer it’s enough to make your mind boggle – and for your stomach to turn as you think about the cost of it all.
A ring flash is one that fits around the lens – it creates a wonderfully unique lighting effect. They will usually lighten your wallet by a couple of hundred dollars.
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It’s so simple that I whipped one up for myself today in 5 minutes.
I’d not heard of this type of device before – but since I found this tutorial I’ve discovered a number of photographers who for one reason or another want to be able to extend the reach of their flash.
It also shows you a few test shots at the end of the tutorial that compare different lighting options.
It’s time for one last DIY lighting hack – this one attempts to bring it all together with a full DIY Budget Studio setup.
Even the technologically challenge could make this one (speaking of myself of course).
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This one is for those of you with a camera which doesn’t have the capability for an off camera flash.
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I must remember to add Turkey Pans to this week’s shopping list.
You could probably also blind a small village if you’re not careful!
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Of course it’s not the easiest to make (there are 37 steps) but it’s an ingenious idea and the example images taken with the setup are pretty cool considering it cost just a few dollars to make.
It includes lights, reflectors, diffusers and flash diffusers – all using items that you could pick up at hardware and craft stores.
Lighting is a critical element to photography, so it is no surprise that there are a lot of different accessories that can help to improve lighting in one way or another. This, of course, includes things like flashes, strobes, and other types of lights, but it also includes reflectors, diffusers, and other accessories that work with light in some way.
I particularly light the suggestions around globes for the lights. I know a couple of DPS forum members have had similar success with these sorts of lights.
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