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Old Feb 20, 2011, 11:11 AM   #1
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Default DIY Off Camera Speedlight Reflector

What can yo do with an old lampshade?
I saw this old lamp shade at a yard sale and my brain started making all sorts of noise.



This is what I came up with. These pics show the reflector with the Pentax AF-500FTZ but, works with the 540 or 360 as well if not better because the width of the head is a fraction smaller and fits the electrical box better.




My first task was to make a way to attach the lampshade to the AF-540 so, I cut the closed end off a plastic box normally used for wiring houses for wall outlets, and mounted that to the shade.

Then I covered the inside with aluminum foil and painted the outside black.



In this photo you can see the rectangle aluminum 1/8th" plate I cut out and used to mount to the lampshades wire frame.




Then I made a circular disk, cut out a hole for the flash, covered with more foil, and glued to the base.
Back side.


Front side.



Glued in place.



Then I made a support rod of stainless steel and some brackets from the 1/8th" aluminum plate and riveted them to the shade. (next one, I will attach to the wire frame, the shade materiel isn't as stiff as I first thought.)


Inside the shade.


Now all I need to do is male a "shower cap" out of some white ripstop nylon and I'll have a softbox too.

Overall, it came out pretty well. Here you can see what it looked like before I finished off the base. What you see is how I used a can of "Great Stuff" foam insulation from Home Depot, to fill in the cavity around the base, and how the flash head slides into the blue electrical box.



BTW, I also made this light stand from a sheet music stand. I cut off the end of the extension rod that held the sheet music and made a 5/8ths" light stand post out of aluminum and attached in its place.

Oh, I forgot to mention, the shade is 25" diameter.
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Old Feb 20, 2011, 2:40 PM   #2
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G'day GW

A real beaut DIY job and explanation .... thanks mate
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Old Feb 20, 2011, 3:26 PM   #3
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A real beaut DIY job and explanation .... thanks mate
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Thank you, Phil.
If anyone feels like making one of these, I'll be happy to give more details on how to do it, I just didn't want to bore everyone with a bunch of stuff they don't care about.
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Old Feb 21, 2011, 10:04 PM   #4
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You have become the "something from nothing" guru. Well done.
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Very clever, GW! How's it working out?
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That is just too cool!
Thanks for sharing!
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Old Feb 27, 2011, 9:04 PM   #7
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GW, you are a master of taking old discarded junk and turning it into really cool well thought out lighting equipment. Very well done!
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Great job - I really have to remember this.
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