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Do-it-Yourself Tungsten OmniBounce

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I had to shoot a giant gala tonight -- close to 500 people. I knew most of the action would be happening in a place with very little light and a ceiling far too high to allow bounce flash. Furthermore, whatever ambient light there was would be VERY warm, about 2500K. And all I had was my no-frills SB-600.

So I went all McGuyver. I took the back of a reporter's notebook (which would provide nice, warm bounce light to match the ambient), cut it down and fastened it to my flash with a sturdy rubber band. This is basically an industrial-strength, warm-light version of the old index card trick.

But I wanted a broad flash that would cover the frame, so I needed the top to fan out. I ran down to the coffee shop and got a few wooden coffee stirrers. I cut them to match the notebook and fastened them to each end with clips.

It looks silly, but worked marvelously.

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  1. beth-0-3- 107 months ago | reply

    you can easily buy decent chai with $40 :)

  2. şparadrap 107 months ago | reply

    gotta love DIY.
    i really should steal some gels at the venue i volunteer at to try out some on my remote flashes next time i shoot bmx.

  3. Kim Taylor Hull 107 months ago | reply

    amazing..... so what did you tell Dr. Ruth? ;)

  4. Manuel Wesser [deleted] 107 months ago | reply

    post it to this group:

    www.flickr.com/groups/poormanhacks/

  5. NYCArthur 107 months ago | reply

    love that Omnibounce - and it's temperature correct.

  6. Tomme Hilton Gallery 106 months ago | reply

    Love that you used your brains and that you don't have to dish out LOADS of $ to create wonderful, effective photos. KUDOS!

  7. Esther17 106 months ago | reply

    There's no limit to your talent and creativity, man!

    Now let's hear that advice. ;-)

  8. Bakari Chavanu 106 months ago | reply

    I call that thinking on your feet.

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  9. JohanSopiee.com 105 months ago | reply

    Incredible Carpe Icthus! I've got my SB-600 hooked up to a very similar bounce card.. haha.. it sure does the trick. However, the only drawback is that it covers about a 100 degree angle for me. So if I point it to the stage (for a Malaysian wedding) I'd only cover the stage with, say, 80 people on it. Superb that you got it to handle 500 people!
    I recently got a LightSphere PJ 2 (clear model) but just couldn't get it to work as well as the DIY-huge-bounce-card
    eg in this hall sent from up above
    Did your LSPJ2 work for you?

  10. J. Star 102 months ago | reply

    I just tried this at a Halloween party at work. Works great! Thanks for the tip, Carpe!

    J

  11. Computer Science Geek 102 months ago | reply

    I'm gonna have to try this. I got some labs at work where bouncing off the ceiling isn't gonna cut it.

  12. toddlertoes 92 months ago | reply

    thanks for sharing this excellent tip! LOL at your comments about you giving dr Ruth advice : )

  13. Frédéric D :) [deleted] 88 months ago | reply

    Very interesting advice, thank you

  14. kevin.reed 83 months ago | reply

    Looks like you need one of these (make it out of art foam, more adjustable and durable too):
    abetterbouncecard.com/

  15. CarolynSerrano 82 months ago | reply

    ingenious! MacGuyver moves work all the time! =)

  16. KyLe | MancusO 63 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called DIY GUYS, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  17. iCyclops 53 months ago | reply

    Hah! Great improv.

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