Ross By: Ross

Tupperware Two

For those who've missed seeing it in action, here's the second, larger version of the tupperware flash. This one is a little larger than the original, so the light is even softer, although at 8" across it's obviously not as easy to pack along.


The inside of the pink part is sprayed with silver paint. Then I cut a rectangular hole in the bottom, folded back two flaps, and used electrical tape around them to hold a cheapie Hanimex flash in place. The diffuser cuts a couple of stops off the light output, but with faster film I haven't had a problem.


Sample photos lit using tupperware here.


Update: Blogged at MAKE! I wondered why the viewcount was going crazy...

  • Ross PRO 9y

    I'm sure that would work fine too. Light bounces around in there enough that there aren't any hot spots though.
  • Images of Elbows 9y

    That's awesome, I'd like to learn more tricks like this. Photography equipment, as I quickly discovered is not cheap...but I'm no fashion plate, I'll use whatever works!
  • Camera.Ed 9y

    Ha! I knew from the thumbnail what you were up to. This is awesome... I'm got to build me one. Thanks for the post.
  • Joey Harrison PRO 9y

    You just need a thick wand attached to it so you can hold it up like a scepter. A tupperware crown would complete the look.
  • Andrea Wiggins PRO 9y

    Was that the one you had with you last night? You and your clever Tupperware contrivances...
  • Andy Tanguay 9y

    Tasty hack Ross
  • willster PRO 9y

    So ingenious, that's inspired. I knew tupperware had a use for something.
  • Erik Hart 9y

    Yeah, I'd say you just made that tupperware really happy. Way better than holding egg salad!
  • sketchySteven PRO 9y

    You need this on a pole, too.
  • Contrails PRO 9y


    Made some thin strip-light (softboxes) from foam core/gator board and attached them to Speedotron 102 flash heads for using in the studio. Great for shooting wine/liquor bottles when you needed a thin but diffused light source.
    Think Chimera banks were too pricy back then when we used to shoot film.
  • bricolage 108 PRO 9y

    Not only it's smart, but it's pretty too. Love the results.
  • Carmon 8y

    Love the low-fi perfection!
    I have plenty of "hi-fi" photo and lighting gear,
    but the old, rough hewn, and improvised stuff is my favorite.
    Nicely done!
  • -Nat PRO 8y

    Great idea. I guess Mom isn't getting her tupperware back now.
  • konstriktion PRO 8y


    I wonder: does the flash face straight into the lid? Or is it "angled" into the bowl side?
  • Ross PRO 8y

    Thanks--the flashtube aims straight at that little bullseye you can see on the white lid. But light bounces around in there so thoroughly that I don't think it's at all critical.
  • Fernando 8y

    !!!!!!!!!!FELICITACIONES altamente ingenioso!!!!
  • catarina miranda PRO 8y

    Fantastatic! I would be pleased to have this photo in a tupperware photo poll (called taparuere group), would you too? cat.
  • maccu maccu 7y

  • minka6 PRO 5y

    so creative! I'm gonna steal that ;-)
  • Ross PRO 5y

    Have at it! I once did a blog post with some additional details.
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Taken on November 13, 2006
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