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10 flash modifiers you can make

It’s not because I’m a bitch but sometimes buying a lot of equipment that you might only use once is a very boring thing, so today I’ll help you create 10 flash modifiers that won’t even come close to scratching your bank account.

10 FLASH MODIFIERS you can make and will completely change your photos

Flashes are one of my favorite light sources. They are portable and easy to use, quite different from the gigantic studio monolights. And when it comes to versatility flashes check almost every box on the list. 

Some things aren’t always as easy to find for a flash as they are for big studio lights and one of them is the modifiers. Having available some flash modifiers is a tremendous hand on the wheel and transforms the photo fully.

Silicone kitchen accessories become filters and snoots

flash modifiers

Your local supermarket is full of useful things that you can turn into mods for your flash. You just need to ignore the original goal and find new ways to use them. One of this items is the silicone folding cups and silicone funnels, which can serve as filters and also as a simple snoot.

Just put them in front of your flash and ready you have lighting with a new color or much more differentiated light that does not spread on all sides.

Color filter for flash

Of course, silicone accessories aren’t always the cheapest things on the planet, but they will be more into account than a flash-specific modifier.

Parchment paper to soften the light

Butter paper as a diffuser

Another item you will find on the market is the parchment paper and will buy by me why it can save you when it comes to spreading the light.

You can use virtually any paper here, can the amount of transparency of the parchment paper is great for diffuse the light and make it much softer, and beautiful. Just wrap your flash in parchment paper and take it to the oven... wrong blog opss.

Just follow what is in the picture below and there is no error, you will notice that the lighting gets more controlled and also a little weaker.

flash modifiers

If the business is to soften the lighting you can use a multitude of things, the parchment paper is just more of them.

Steel Wool Diffuser

The supermarket is full of hidden pearls for us photographers, and this one comes from the cleaning session. You can use steel wool to modify not only the intensity of your flash but also the color of its light.

Good bril as diffuser

The mesh in which these steel wool balls are made is perfect for working as a light diffuser. You just need to put it in front of a flash.

flash modifiers

Pringles chips can turn into a snoot

If you became hungry you can run to the session, snacks, chocos, pop…… Faack this talk is giving is hungry now. Returning to the main subject, in the session, you will find those tubes of potato chips type Pringles. That’s great for a lot of things besides being a great base for creating a snoot or a grid spot.

Pringles in photography

With the potato tube you can do more than one project, so buy more than one potato, and of course, as the tube is relatively sturdy you you may want to make some of these flash modifiers official in your modifier kit.

You can use a few things to improve not only the appearance of your modifiers but also their function. A can of matte black spray will be everything you will need besides the potato cans.

Cans of painted pringles

Note: Consider wearing gloves if you do not want to paint your fingers black.

Then cut the bottom of the tin and snap the tube in front of your flash. This may require a bit of molding to adapt to the shape of the flash head.

Homemade snoot

Use the plastic cap on the front of the tube to produce a smooth focus. To make this focus narrower, you can use black straws in front of the tube.

Homemade Gridspot

Straws force light to go in only one direction. And that will produce a harder and more concentrated point of light.

flash modifiers

A different approach is not to cut the bottom of the can, but rather to cut two side tabs that work like barn doors.

Barndoors, New

This will offer a way to control how the light will hit the subject of the photo, depending on the position of the tabs and the desired light effect.

Other variations include cutting different openings in the can to produce other lighting effects.

Drawing transport tube turns into a light saber

Lightsaber Flash modifiers

Calm down, easy if you’re a Star Wars fan just like me, it’s not a real lightsaber. It’s a tool that can help you enlighten your subject.

This you can find in any craft shop. It’s really easy to convert into a lightsaber-type light modeling tool.

It is important to choose a white and light translucent tube. Otherwise, it can cause too much tension in the flash head and potentially damage its tilt mechanism.,

The idea is to turn the small beam of light coming out of the flash into a large tube of light. This will produce a wide variety of soft and uniform light.

This uniform propagation of light along the tube is due to the use of a convex blind spot rear view mirror on the opposite side of the flash inside the tube. The mirror reflects the light, making it uniform.

Rasandrs with the lightsaber

You can also use aluminum foil to reflect light. It will not give the same result as the convex mirror that reflects much better light, but it is an option.

With this light accessory, you can create a 360° light spread with the tube as is

flash modifiers

Disposable plastic bowls can turn into a beauty dish

Many DIY beauty dish designs were made with metal salad bowls. And most of them are pretty cool. But they tend to be complicated and time-consuming. This is because they involve cutting and grinding metals.

For whom something easier is worth experimenting with making using simple plastic bowls. Also, plastic is much easier to cut and shape than metal.

You will need two bowls and two screws and some nuts.

Homemade Beauty Dish

Start by drawing the shape of the flash head with a sharp pen to get an idea of where to cut.

Homemade Beauty Dish - How to Make

Then I cut an X in the center of the described form.

Homemade Beauty Dish - Making a

Fold the four tabs back to use them as the support base for the accessory in the flash.

Homemade Beauty Dish

You should do all this carefully, as plastic can break.

Drill two holes in the top and bottom of the smaller salad bowl and put the nut and screw, tightening it completely. The easiest way to make these holes is to use a hot screw that melts the plastic.

Then paint the smaller bowl silver and the outside of the larger one black.

This is an optional step but take into account that the plastic used is thin and translucent. It is advisable to paint it so that you do not have light spills.

Painting it will also make it look more “professional” and not just two plastic bowls together with a few screws. It is important to ensure that the paint you are using is suitable for use with plastic. Otherwise, it can create a reaction and melt.

When drying, it is easy to drill two holes in the large bowl and use the remaining four screws to attach the smallest bowl to the largest.

To hold it in your flash you can use elastic bands. They are easy to use and do not need a velcro collar in both parts.

The light produced by this simple beauty dish is excellent. You can’t ask for anything more for less than $10.

Conclusion

Even if your problem isn’t money, it’s worth testing all the modifiers you can because they produce different results and if you can’t spend too much on the process even better.

Always look for lighting options that might be versatile, so you don’t get on hand just because you can’t come out with your flash modifier on the street because it’s too big. That’s it, share this post, follow there on Instagram and Pinterest that soon comes more content here.

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How to Make your photography reflectors

Well today’s subject is easy, fast and practical and will still help you save a lot of money, today I will teach you how to make hitters for photography.

The use of reflectors or hitters in photography is just one way to harness existing light, and jump to the eye specific places of the image, so today the theme is DIY hitters, an easy way to make yourself your own hitters.

Make your photography reflectors

This can be done virtually with any surface that reflects light, such as a wall, mirror, cardboard, expanded polystyrene, an aluminum foil, etc.

Dedicated photography reflectors come in many different colors, shapes and sizes. Silver, gold, white, and sometimes blends of these three colors commonly known as zebra reflectors are the most common colors.

There are also 5-in-1 hitters that include a black surface to absorb light, and a translucent surface to soften light.

how to make your hitter 5 in 1
5-on-1 hitter
Diy Batsman

Which format should be hitter for photography

The shape of the hitter depends heavily on the subject you are photographing. Usually folding round reflectors are the most used because they are easier to handle, and also easier to fold, but triangular and rectangular hitters are very popular as well.

The size of the hitter also depends on what you’re trying to illuminate, and when it comes to small objects, which will be photographed on a table, things get complicated because ordinary hitters can be big and clumsy.

So let’s create our own DIY hitter in the size of the need for each situation we’re going to shoot.

Materials to make your hitters for photography

Even though you can use simple sheets of paper with some kind of object as a prop to hold your DIY hitter, the simple folding technique is sure to give you more control over the way you place your hitters.

For starters, you will need some sheets of metallized paper. The ones I’m using here can be found in office supplies or craft shops, and exist in various sizes and colors.

I bought 50×70cm sheets, and that allowed me to make a good set of hitters of different sizes and shapes.

A cool thing about this type of paper is that the back it is white, so you can use the metallized side or just turn to the white side of having different types of reflections.

On the metallized side you can also choose papers that have some kind of texture, to create different reflections effect, making your light a little more complex.

How to make hitters for photography - Materials
Metallized paper board

Hands down

Now it’s time to cut the paper in size. That depends on the size hitter you want to create, in this case, I’m making an 8x13cm hitter.

How to make hitters for photography - measurements

Now mark the lines with a pen and fold the paper into those lines. You’re going to end up with something like this.

How to make hitters for photography - Format

To keep the overlapping folds in place, I used small magnets.

You can use adhesive tape, velcro or even reusable adhesive, but using small magnets will give you more control when choosing the reflection angles of your DIY hitter.

DIY Hitters

Magnets will also be useful if you are going to use your hitter on some stand, not on a table.

DIY Hitters

How to use your new hitter.

Now that we’ve built some nice hitters it’s time to test them.

Even if you don’t have a professional lighting system, you can use your new toys. Just have a window and use the light that comes through it.

You will be amazed at what can be done.

The following image is an example.

How to make hitters for photography - result

See how it was done

DIY Hitters

Left, photo without the hitters, just with the light in the background. Right, picture of the scenery montage.

Start with lamp or window holder in the background and a diffuser in front throwing light behind the object.

DIY Hitters

Left, shots with a big hitter. Right, shot of the batter’s positioning. Now, the same system only with the inclusion of a big hitter on the sideline.

DIY Hitters

Left, final result with two golden hitters. Right, photo of the batting positions of the hitters.

And you can go on adding reflexes with your new DIY hitters. As it was done here where on the other side was placed a small hitter.

Well that’s it, don’t forget that you can change the color of your hitter to create different climates in the photo.

And then you’re going to do your DIY hitters? Leave a comments with the links to the results photos!

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Homemade gridspot diffuser

Homemade gridspot diffuser. Gridspot (or grid) is a studio flash accessory. When the flash fires with the grid the spread of the light rays is limited.

The effect you receive is very similar to the effect obtained is a more controlled light and it reaches only a part of the surface to be photographed.

The inspiration for this article came from an article from the Blog Strobist, which alias is a great blog, which shows how to make a homemade gridspot cardboard.

Homemade Gridspot

Here’s what you’ll need:

– Some black extruded plastic
– A box cutter
– And super glue

The first step is to measure the head of the flash. For this article was used a Nikon SB800, which is six inches wide.

Next using the stylus cut the polyonda plastic into six-by-three pieces. If you want a home gridspot with greater depth no problem, the greater the depth the greater your influence on light.

Homemade Gridspot

The next step is to glue the polyonda parts on top of each other. Make sure that all “tunnels” are aligned.

Homemade Gridspot

When you’re done you must be with something like that

Homemade Gridspot

Now the cat jump. Try looking at a light source through your new homemade gridspot, you will notice that at only one angle it allows you to see the light.

This is exactly what happens when you put your homemade gridspot, and also the non-homemade ones, in your flash. The light comes out at only one angle and not spread everywhere.

Homemade Gridspot

Now just use an elastic band to hold it to the head of your flash

Here are two images taken in exactly the same way with a single change – one has a homemade gridspot and the other does not.

Homemade Gridspot
With the grid
Homemade Gridspot
Without the grid

You can also make one of this with black straws and a box made of cardboard! What is easier!

Homemade Gridspot
Grid made of straws

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How to make a homemade SOFTBOX for your flash

If you’re a photographer and use the flash (or to studio images or outdoor photos), you’re probably aware of the problems a flash can bring us: the shadows of an object are sharp, creating an artificial look to the object and to help fix it that may be a problem today you will learn how to make a homemade SOFTBOX.

HOMEMADE SOFTBOX

When dealing with studio lighting, you can use a softbox to spread your shadows and this is an acceptable solution, but for the amateur photographer it has some disadvantages:

1. Usually, a softbox is very expensive. There is a version of softboxes that can cost hundreds of dollars.

2. Softboxes are usually great and can not go out with them out there with ease.

Even for amateur photographers, there are relatively low-cost options with Lumiquest’s flash softboxes, but anyway they don’t cost that cheap, around $90. There is also a Chinese version that revolves around R $ 30.00.

Well, I think R $ 30,00 is not much money, especially when talking about photographic equipment, more in times of lean cows we will try to lower this cost ai to zero, or at least almost.

In the following tutorial, I will demonstrate how to make your homemade softbox for flash.

You will need two hands and a little patience, but your reward will be a good softbox and for $ 10.00 if you no longer have such materials left at home.

Materials:

  • A hard sheet of cardboard or polypropylene sheet
  • A 10cm X 15cm white silk sheet. (Maybe you don’t have a shirt giving soup there)
  • A few inches of Velcro
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • A template for your softbox (You can download this one here)
  • Computer and printer

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Instructions:

1- Download the softbox scheme Print the scheme in its original size (should take about 6 Pages A4 – three wide and two long).

2- Glue the sheets of paper together. (You can use circles as a guide between sheets.) You should end up with something like this.

homemade softbox

3- Cut out your mold, so you can use it as a guide on cardboard or polypropylene sheet

homemade softbox

4 – After passing the drawing to the final material (cardboard or polypropylene) cutout. Don’t forget to cut out the front part as well. In the end, you’ll have something like this.

homemade softbox

5- Now glue the velcro over the edges so that when closed turn a box.
6- Glue the silk sheet, or white silk over the front opening
Here’s what you’re going to get:

homemade softbox

When you paste the Velcros you’ll have it here

homemade softbox
homemade softbox how to make

Great, you’re done. Now it’s time for fun.

Results

Here is a test did with a homemade softbox and without the softbox.

You can see that the shadow is harder on the photo that was taken without the softbox.

Photos with Nikon D70 | ISO400 | Opening F/8 | Shutter 1/200 | Nikkor lens 20 – 105 to 105 mm and a good old SB-28.

Using the softbox

Photos with Nikon D70 | ISO400 | Opening F/8 | Shutter 1/200 | Nikkor lens 20 – 105 to 105 mm and a good old SB-28.

Wolverine doll with soft light
Using the softbox
Wolverine doll
Without the use of Softbox

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