I did try this and it really does compare to LS2 which I have used so far. This one is a lot lighter and tucks away nicely into my camera bag. I own 2 Fong products and love them totally. To come on here and place a thread that includes Gary's name irritates me.
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When using a flash the light produced is very hard let's just call it what it is—ugly without a lighting modifier. We have written before about what each lighting modifier does differently to impact the quality of light , but I still get a lot of questions about what little on-flash diffusers do to impact the light quality.
These small usually hard plastic diffusers are intended to spread light, make the light source slightly larger, and get a slightly softer light quality. Some of them, like the Gary Fong Lightsphere, are expensive and don't do any better than Tupperware. My point in that article was simply to show that I see no difference in the resulting photo when using an expensive specialized light diffuser when compared to any old simple chunk of plastic.
The light quality in my testing is the same. So I have written before with some great home-made options for simple lighting diffusers , but this idea is absolutely free! Before showing you how to do it, I have to credit Ed Cord. Ed Cord is one of the most active and helpful! If you are a part of the Improve Photography Facebook group, you probably already know Ed. Anyway, let's get down to business.
How do you make this amazing little flash diffuser for free? Step 1 : Take a simple frosted plastic container that is no longer in use. Many different types of container can work for this. Ed has used a 16 oz. Step 2 : Cut around the edges of the container to get it to about the right size for a flash diffuser see picture for an approximate.
Step 3 : Glue on a simple strip of velcro around the edge of the container that you can also connect to your flash if you want to keep it ultra secure. I've found that it often stays on just fine without even putting the other velcro side onto the flash, but your results may vary.
Step 4 : Shoot some photos! It's just enough to take the edge off the flash and make it look much nicer than the bare flash. For samples of what adding a simple flash diffuser can do, check out the Tupperware vs. Lightsphere comparison. If you are new to flash photography and want to learn how it all works and how you can get amazing results with inexpensive flash photography gear, you should really take a look at our day online portrait photography class , where flash photography is a main focus of the course.
I made a diffuser out of a 50 cent plastic salad bowl from Walmart…silver plumbing tape on the inside, and glued sewing interfacing to the rim.
Cut a hole to fit my flash. Works beautifully! How would something like this compare to the smaller diffuser that came with my SB flash? It came out with a pullout thing plastic one, and also a much bigger plastic one that pops on the front.
Cool little post. Or pop up flashes, all I do is tape a tissue over the flash, and fold it either two times for things further away or four times for very lose range. I have also used coffee filters to diffuse the light from my pop-up flash…Just cut to size and tape over the flash.
Cheap and works well. This has a silver lining on one interior face, folds flat and fits darn near every flash strobe ever made. Quick, easy, and effective. I learned this 20 years ago in a continuing ed photo class. After I cut the alcohol bottle, I put it in the oven at a very low temperature just to make it pliable so it could be molded to fit the flash.
I made a diffuser away from home of a 50 cent plastic salad bowl from Walmart…silver plumbing tape on the inside, and glued basting interfacing to the frame. Cut a abyss to fit my flare. Skip to content. From left to right: A bottle of rubbing alcohol, a relish container, and a vinegar bottle. Step 2 : Cut around the edges of the container to get it to about the right size for a flash diffuser see picture for an approximate Step 3 : Glue on a simple strip of velcro around the edge of the container that you can also connect to your flash if you want to keep it ultra secure.
How to Make a Simple Flash Diffuser for FREE!
My name is Artur Gajewski and I'm the guy who never buys a fancy looking flash diffusers because I realized I could make one myself for the fraction of the cost of the original. Anyway, there are many types of diffusers and bouncers available for your external flash but many of them do just one thing or are too bulky or heavy. Some of them are hard to install to flash and some are so big they need special place in your camera bag in order to carry it with you. I have tested bubble-plastic wraps, plastic milk bottles, anything I could think of that would diffuse my flash light. I have spent tremendous amount of time figuring the best solution since I do a lot of people photography and in fact, I have used this exact model ever since I started wedding photography.
Gary Fong Lightsphere vs. Tupperware
When using a flash the light produced is very hard let's just call it what it is—ugly without a lighting modifier. We have written before about what each lighting modifier does differently to impact the quality of light , but I still get a lot of questions about what little on-flash diffusers do to impact the light quality. These small usually hard plastic diffusers are intended to spread light, make the light source slightly larger, and get a slightly softer light quality. Some of them, like the Gary Fong Lightsphere, are expensive and don't do any better than Tupperware.
DIY homemade GaryFong Like Light Sphere
The softness of light produced by a flash is controlled by the size of the light source. The larger the light source is, the softer the light. This is why you see photographers shooting a flash through an umbrella. The umbrella spreads out the light and produces a softer quality of light on the model. There are times when umbrellas, softboxes, and the like are too cumbersome.
DIY Gary Fong Lightsphere
Photographer Allen Mowery made a yet another simple Lightsphere from some stuff he found around the house Velcro and bubble wrap vinyl drawer liner. As the comparison above shows, the results are as good as the original thing. The oh-so-simple how to video after the jump. Udi Tirosh is the Founder and Editor in Chief of DIYPhotography, he is also a photographer, a relentless entrepreneur, a prolific inventor and a dad, not necessarily in that order.