Soon after I got my fancy-schmancy camera a couple of years ago, Jamie Worley’s husband Ken taught me a nifty little trick for angling a napkin or a piece of paper in front of my camera’s built-in flash to bounce the light. This avoids the harsh light that often results from a built-in flash.
It’s a handy little trick, but not always easy to pull off because it leaves you doing everything else one-handed.
A couple of nights ago, I started searching for an alternative after seeing how much better a shot – especially indoors – can be when the flash light is bounced off the ceiling rather than whatever you’re shooting. See?
(without a reflector)
(using a legal pad as a reflector)
I was so impressed with the difference that I decided I wanted to rig up something easy that wouldn’t require me to shoot one-handed. That’s when I remembered that I had some craft foam pieces left from when I made my homemade light box.
With the help of my handy-dandy razor knife, I soon had this:
Cheap and simple DIY flash reflector. I use the rubber band to hold it on my camera at about a 45 degree angle under my flash.
Check out the difference it makes:
See how much more even the light is? Look at these:
(with – Look! No crazy pet eyes!)
The second one is a bit darker, but I can do a lot more with it without the pet eyes and the harsh light. See?
So, there you have – more tips from your friendly, neighborhood, hobbyist photographer on making better photos for your blog with a cheap DIY flash reflector.
Have you ever experimented with reflecting or diffusing the flash with your camera’s built-in flash? Did you discover anything that worked really well?