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Old Feb 3, 2004, 10:38 PM   #1
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Default 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.
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Old Feb 5, 2004, 11:55 AM   #2
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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.
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Old Apr 10, 2010, 3:24 PM   #3
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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.
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Old Apr 12, 2010, 7:18 AM   #4
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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 (??).
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Old Apr 12, 2010, 7:20 AM   #5
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Also, there are some links to a DIY website from my softbox posting in the studio/lighting forum.
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