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Flash Extender 02

A simple flash extender for really close up shots, using the cameras pop-up flash and avoiding the shadow that can be caused by the lens when using a long lens, or a close up attachment (as here).

As can be seen, it is just a disposable paper coffee cup, with a hole cut in it to fit over the flash.

This brings the light source forward and by leaving the domed plastic cap on the cup, provides a diffused light source close to the end of the lens.

 

There are a couple of side effects, which can be seen in the photo below, but they are easy to correct by setting a custom white balance or in editing the image.

 

For really long lenses, a cup may not be long enough to get the light where you need it. In that case, a recent post on # DIY Photography which prompted me to write this, uses a Pringles tube :) for a longer reach.

A little more difficult as you need to cut through the metal base of the Pringles can.

 

Probably worth mentioning, I have not used anything other than gravity to hold the cup on the camera here. In a studio situation, nothing more is really needed. But if going out and about, a couple of rubber bands will hold it in place. I use one around the base of the cup and hooked under the eyecup on the viewfinder, with a second around the lens and cup.

 

Hopefully this will be useful to some of you.

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Taken on May 3, 2011