Hi Folks!

So heres another post in the photography tutorial series. Though this is not a class on camera settings unlike one in my previous one. This post is for my visitors who are crazier than average about photography. 🙂   That said, you should be ready with some ‘get in there, get your hands dirty’ mindset or else you wont enjoy it.

Today am going to demonstrate a knack in the most important aspect of photography….thats LIGHTING!  We will see how to make a little gadget to enhance your on camera flash. Its going to slightly improve the effect of foto on your subject. Nothing magical, but its the first step to learning how your lens reacts to different lighting situations.

Image 1 : First, few fotos for you to decide which one looks the best. The first one below is taken with the on camera flash, raise the flash and shoot

 

 

 

Image 2 : The one below is with the diffuser that i made. You would notice that things have lit up a bit better, but still not upto the mark right?

 

 

 

Image 3 : OK, the one below is taken with two lights. One light on the left through a soft-box imitation and the flash diffuser from front. I will show you whats the soft-box imitation later in this post.

 

 

 

Image 4 : The last one below is taken with equivalent of 3 lights but actually 2 lights. Let me tell you how. One soft box on left as above. The second with the diffuser from front. And the third would be reflected light of the diffuser with a white paper on right. I know its hard to visualise what i am saying, but there was no way I could shoot myself while shooting that setup you see? 😀

 

 

 

Image 5 : Fair enough, we have reached a pretty good lighting situation. If you still didnt like the result, then you can use a golden foil….means instead of Kitkat wrapper, use a Dairy milk wrapper 😉 So, you would get a golden tinch through the diffuser and final shot would look something like this:

 

 

Ok, so the diffuser kit first. Heres the basic make of it. I had to wrap up the final metal fram with cello tape so that it wont rub against my camera and leave marks on my precious love 😉  The diffusing papers you see are, silver chocolate wrapper from Kitkat (the small one) and plain white paper glued to wedding card for stiffness (the bigger one). Then there is card board cutting pasted on the beneath of both reflecting papers so that these can be pinned to the basic frame with the U-shape pins made from same wire.

 

Now how you mount this on your camera is a matter of customization. You will have to tweak your design here and there to make this setup sit on top of your camera around your flash in raised condition. You may click on the image below to see the enlarged version.

 

If you are smart enough to understand what we are preparing here, then you would have caught the whole design by now. Simple isnt it? Pretty workable and something that you can detach and fold it up inside a flat sweet box 🙂 and carry around whenever you go for a night shoot.

Warning : this setup wont help you light up things which are farther than 4 feet from the camera. You may use a bigger silver paper or aluminum foil for the main 2nd reflector too and then, your job will be done. Basically, it all depends how much flash power your camera produces. Theres no arithmetic involved, just shoot, test and tweak till you get your desired results 🙂

OK great! so far so good, lets see what a variation of design in this diffuser can achieve alone.

 

Below is my remote controlled Helli which i gifted myself sometime back for cracking a big interview. Hehehe! Can you see it taking off ? 😀   Well, this shot was achieved with the following setup: You need to have a reflecting surface on right or left of the subject (the Helli). Then use the silver foil to cover your raised camera flash in such a way that the flash light would hit the reflecting surface and avoid direct lighting of the Helli. Confused? Try try! You will figure it out easily 🙂

 

The same procedure works for the below shot too with a small brown card board leaning over the reflective surface. The size of card board should be such that would create a mild darkness in half of the frame as seen in the back ground of below shot:

 

 

The Workshop

OK cool, heres the setup which i used to shoot the wine bottles. Notice the white rectangular frames? Those are the soft-box imitations i was talking at the start of this post. Its made with the same ingredients as the diffuser. Metal wires, butter paper and cello tape 🙂  Then theres a large black sheet which is clipped to a board for background. And a table lamp to light from the left side. This sof-box imitation too is doing nothing but acting as a light diffuser, only difference is that you cannot carry it around as easily 😉

 

So? How was it? 🙂  Did anything mentioned above click? If not, then have a try, i bet you would end up making something better 🙂 Oh by the way, which shot of the wine bottle did you like most? 🙂  Atleast I hope you liked the subject. Is that bottle empty? Ofcourse! am a married guy you see? 😉

Cheers!

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