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Aug 18, 2007
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DIY Diffusers?

So I've been taking a lot of photos using a Speedlite 430EZ on a T1i, aimed upwards and slightly forward. While I normally don't have any trouble with this setup if the room I'm in has a white ceiling, I'm finding myself constantly in a room with tall black ceilings, filled with people who want their photo taken.

I've tried to aim the flash straight ahead on 1/32 output power (large bright patch in their face), and I've also tried to up the ISO enough so that I don't need a flash, which just leaves people with shadows on their face (not good). Aside from buying an expensive diffuser, is there anything else I can do or make that will allow me to take portraits in lighting like this?
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Dec 3, 2007
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i picked up a couple diffusers from ebay for $4 or so, shipped. haven't received them yet, so can't comment on how good they are.

I bought from a seller called fotoforeasy.
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Oct 3, 2007
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I think without the use of walls, you should use a "better bounce card" or a DIY one and point the flash up. I made one awhile ago from a template online.

All the materials cost me about $15, but there was enough material to make 3-4 of them.
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^ Same.

I made my own with foam material bought from walmart.
I made the biggest one I could with the A4 sized foam sheet.
It's said that if you can't bounce or anything, you use this huge bounce card, and make your own light.

I have a baby bounce card, I just need to make myself a medium sized one.
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I've made my own Gary Fong and it works quite well when you don't have any thing to bounce off of.
http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Gar ... ghtsphere/

I also have the fake Gary Fong which is cheap as well.
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DIY Photography has a lot of good examples - just search Diffusers. They have a lot of good projects for you to try out as well, I'm making a black straw honeycomb grid for my speedlites, and then going to try a PVC background stand for my mobile studio needs.