New: now with template! foldable recycled mirror popup flash bouncer

Update: I added a pdf template you can print out to recreate this, even without the box (although you'll be missing out on the treat) if you line the thing yourself with some foil!

A commenter suggested using a milk carton, which at least where I live (and he) are tetrapak-like and lined with shiny silver foil.


A4 format: popup flash bouncer A4 pdf


Letter format: popup flash bouncer letter format pdf


I recently had some delectable snacks "Schaumküsse". They were in a nice cardboard box with a mirrored silver lining (haha!).

This gave me an idea - I had to use it as a lighting accessory! After a bit of cutting, scoring and folding, and a few paper clips, I came up with this foldable lightscoop-clone.


It bounces the popup flash onto the ceiling or, if the camera is held in portrait orientation, the wall. See next photo for the kinds of pictures it takes... I think it may be more efficient than the original lightscoop, since it has mirrored surfaces all around, not only at the front.


Original product: (includes some instructions on use that also apply to the diy version)

Instructable I modified:

  • synthetic_meat 4y

    Note: The photos above, of the scoop itself, were also made with an identical version of the scoop placed on another camera.
    Test shot using the new scoop:
    foldable recycled mirror popup flash bouncer by synthetic_meat
  • saunamonster 4y

    Great idea =)
  • Michael Griffin 4y

    nice work
  • Michael 4y

    it looks at first glance like the light would be directed upwards and away from the subject, but your results say otherwise. Nice little gadget.
  • Ed_X 4y

    Nice project. May try this.

    SchaumKüsse for the longest time were called 'Negerzoenen' in the Netherlands, until that suddenly was not PC anymore ;-) Not sure if they come in a similar box. I may need to find something else.
  • synthetic_meat 4y

    Thanks :).
    Yes, they used to be called "Negerküsse" (negro kisses) or even "Mohrenköpfe" (moor's heads) in Germany as well, and I'm pretty sure most people still call them that at home, but for printing on the package it's not PC enough :). They could very well come in a similar box in the Netherlands, if they are as fragile and heat-sensitive as they are here (foamy with a very thin chocolate coat).
  • Ed_X 4y

    Yes they are the same ones. I would not even be sure what their PC name is in Holland. I still call them "Negerzoenen". (I just checked, they are called "Buys'Zoenen", I have no idea who Buys is)

    'Moorkop' is dutch voor a specific cream filled pastry with chocolate covering.

    Anyway, I will try this. If It is a different box, then I just use a widely available chocolate box that has the same material
  • Julie Lapierre 4y

    one could also decorate the outside of the lightscoop if they wanted to also! Oh these are great ideas :D
    -- ( ?² )
  • synthetic_meat 3y

    @Faugn: exactly, I imagine black tape could work well to make it look more professional. I also used black paper successfully when I gave one away as a gift. Or use a colorful decoration for more fun. I may do this.
  • Alan Cunnane 3y

    Excellent idea - no more washed-out shots with direct flash. Many thanks!
  • synthetic_meat 3y

    Added a comparison shot:
    Popup flash modifier comparison by synthetic_meat
  • Carolyn Blakeney 3y

    Great idea! I'm going to try this with mirror card stock, as very few products in the U.S. come in boxes with shiny interiors.
  • Frer Tuff 2y

    Very nice indeed. May try it on my E-PM1 with the kit flash
  • KwyjiboVanDeKamp 2y

    Really clever.
  • imani1029 2y

    This worked really well. I used a granola bar box and glued aluminum foil to it.
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