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PureForensic Feb 3, 2004 10:38 PM

DIY Diffuser and Softbox???
I had a link to a site that had a template to print for a diffuser and everything, now I can't find it. Anyone have templates for diffusers or softboxes similiar to Lumiquest's brand? Or anyone know of a DIY. I have a Sigma ef-500 flash if needed additional information. Thanks in advance.

PeterP Feb 5, 2004 11:55 AM

DIY light table (Was for another post I can't locate now :) )
DIY SoftBox

The softbox is large but maybe you can scale it down to fit ?
They use foamcore to consturct the softbox which is not very fire retardant so be carefull if your light source is hot.

A difuser can be made from 1 inch PVC pipes and difusion material clamped over it. Also works for making reflectors.

These are all large, for a small camera mounted flash you can use a layer or two of tissue paper over the strobe to diffuse the light.
If the flash has a articulated head point the head up and attach a white card held on with a rubber band to bounce the light forward.

Gypsyrico Apr 10, 2010 3:24 PM

I am waiting for a Gary Fong Lightsphere to arrive, in the meantime I thought I'd cut a plastic milk bottle down and see what the results were like. (Very old hat I know, but I've never done it.) I must say the results were tremendous, so if the GF is any better, I will be absolutely delighted.

iowa_jim Apr 12, 2010 7:18 AM

I've seen a flash used with a diffuser alone - no softbox. This would be simpler to experiment with. It sounds plausible - the flash already focuses the light in one direction hence the reduced need for the box to focus the light (??).

iowa_jim Apr 12, 2010 7:20 AM

Also, there are some links to a DIY website from my softbox posting in the studio/lighting forum.

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