Monday, April 12, 2010

Cigarette Box Flash Diffuser

A few months back I took a photography class taught by Jenn at BlondeShot Creative. In the class I had told her how much I hated usin' a flash. It washes out people and just doesn't capture the moment the way you see it.....even through the lens of the camera.

Jenn suggested a homemade remedy to diffuse the brightness of the flash by using a film canister. I came home and dug through all my junk lookin' for a film canister, but haven't bought film in like 8 kabillion years. After comin' up empty handed, I sat on the couch and pouted for a while then I just completely forgot about it.

Today, Jenn sent me an email with a link showin' how to make a flash diffuser usin' a box of cigarettes. I knew I had one of those!.....or Jeremy did anyways. I couldn't wait to get home and try it. I had to wait for Jeremy to get home and as soon as he walked in I asked if he could empty his pack of cigarettes.

This is what you'll need........

Your digital SLR with pop up flash, a pack of smokes (emptied with foil still in it) and a knife.



After carefully pulling out the foil, makin' sure not to rip it, cut one edge of the bottom of the box.


Here's what it should look like after you've cut it.....


Turn the foil inside out so that when you put it back in, the foil's facin' in........


Push it all the way back in......


Once you have popped up your flash, put the box on like this......


I messed around with it quite a bit while takin' pictures and actually ended up turnin' the box around so the top was opening up the other way like in the link Jenn had sent me.


Here's my first shot....without the diffuser. (You're diggin' my awesome red makeup free skin ain't ya?). I'm all shiny and icky.......


This one is with the diffuser......much prettier and softer........


Without diffuser.........


With diffuser.......


Without diffuser......


With diffuser.......


I really had a lot of fun takin' these pictures and as you can see it really worked! I definitely wanna try the film canister diffuser now. I think it may stay on better. I had some trouble keepin' the cigarette box on at times and don't think it would be too practical if I were takin' say some inside party pictures. If you're just doin' some still shots around the house this method will work just fine!

Thanks Jenn!!!

6 comments:

BlondeShot Creative said...

glad it worked out for you! You could even come up with your own idea for a diffuser, the possibilities are endless. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your tests and experiments... it really is one of the best ways to learn! I would suggest to keep in mind that you will need to set your camera to over expose the image since its metering for the regular flash, but not the diffused flash. You will need to do this either by adding to your flash or exposure compensation, or shooing on manual.

'Cuz I Felt Like It! said...

Thanks Jenn....I'll have to keep that in mind. All those shots were taken in Automatic mode. As you know, all the manual settings freak me out a bit. I really, really want to try the film canister!

Judy said...

wish this could work with my digital camera...no matter what setting i have it on, the flash is ridiculous. i now have it on a setting where it takes two pics at a time, one with /one without flash. most of the time i keep the one without the stupid flash...

'Cuz I Felt Like It! said...

At least you have that option Judy!

Lori said...

I always blocked the flash with my other hand when on vacay and using a point n shoot. it helps filter it but sometimes it does weird stuff

'Cuz I Felt Like It! said...

I've done the same thing Lori!

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