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Film canister flash diffuser

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Jason writes

When you take pictures with the built-in flash on your digital camera, it’s common to get a washed-out, deer-in-headlights result from your subject. This is particularly noticeable with portraits and close-range photography. To obtain a softer, more natural look from your photographs and eliminate the glare, you need a flash diffuser to help disperse and soften the light.

If you have an old white film canister and an x-acto knife, you can make a clever little flash diffuser that will slip over the flash on your typical SLR camera. Photojojo has a guide for making one. It should really take you about 5 minutes (assuming you have a canister on hand), so give it a shot. Your photographs—and your photo subjects—will thank you for it.

4 thoughts on “Film canister flash diffuser

  1. Ever since about 1972, any non-cheap-piece-of-crap camera uses a thyristorized flash control to turn off the flash before you get the washed out effect.

    Actually, I thought the Canon EOS pictured had this feature too. (Though I’m a Nikon fan and not that familiar with the Canon line-up)

    Glare on the other hand, is a different issue and this diffuser is a great idea for that.

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