Bounce flash mod for NEX5-N kit flash

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soupnazi81 Regular Member • Posts: 168
Bounce flash mod for NEX5-N kit flash

I made quick homemade flash mod that bounces light off the ceiling for NEX5-N kit flash and creates a more diffuse light. It's tin foil wrapped over a business card, then laminted with scotch tape. It's just the width of the and can be mounted on flash with velcro, tape, or a rubber band.

Please bear in mind tha the kit flash isn't that strong so this is best for small rooms with lower ceilings. You may need to increase flash compensation +0.7 and have the camera increase ISO to make the flash more effective.

I've found this is better than using a flash "diffuser" like a ping pong ball or a piece of tissue. I took inspiration from the "flash scoop" and this link but wanted something much more compact and smaller.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tina_t/5692851093/

Here's some pics of the mod, followed by before and after shots.

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paul1508 Regular Member • Posts: 402
Re: Bounce flash mod for NEX5-N kit flash

Very nice shots! Especially the one from the samurai shows how flash can destroy a nice object-picture.

CameraBuff Regular Member • Posts: 271
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Awesome! The difference between before and after photos is easily visible! Thanks for sharing!

jomanQL Junior Member • Posts: 38
Re: Bounce flash mod for NEX5-N kit flash

nice.. im going to do this all the time! thank you for

Keith Schmidt Veteran Member • Posts: 7,112
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akjos
akjos Veteran Member • Posts: 3,987
Re: Bounce flash mod for NEX5-N kit flash

I've been very disappointed and put of by look of the nex flash shots, and also i was never fan of bouncing big flash guns to the celling but the is extremely impressive result. The lighting looks so soft , even and no shadows!

Thanks for sharing and inspiration. I was gonna start with ping pong ball, which i'll try eventually also, but little bounce card seems to work wonders.
Is the foil necessary to scatter the light better?
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soupnazi81 OP Regular Member • Posts: 168
Re: Bounce flash mod for NEX5-N kit flash

Thanks for the kinds words everyone! Glad I could help.

@ akjos: Yup, the tin foil acts like a mirror so that more of the flash is bounced to the ceiling. (more efficient)

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jomanQL Junior Member • Posts: 38
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here are my results! cheers!

soupnazi81 OP Regular Member • Posts: 168
Re: Bounce flash mod for NEX5-N kit flash

@ jomanQL: Very impressive! A night and day difference. It's looks similar to a big flash gun fired towards the ceiling. (very soft and diffuse lighting)

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cxsparc Senior Member • Posts: 2,763
Re: Bounce flash mod for NEX5-N kit flash

@Soup: Thanks for your low-cost, easy-to-be-made, quickly-used inspiration!
A great idea and well in the spirit of doing-it-yourself.

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AlonsoF1 New Member • Posts: 3
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Nice bro, just the thing that i've been looking for

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kev777zero Senior Member • Posts: 1,556
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what did you use to attach the card onto the flash?
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raylaw77 Regular Member • Posts: 122
Re: Bounce flash mod for NEX5-N kit flash

Hi! my first post in this forum! do you guys think i t is better to attach a small mirror instead of a tin-foil covered business card?

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jomanQL Junior Member • Posts: 38
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i used rubber band on it! and yes a mirror would be the most ideal, like the lightscoop.. http://www.lightscoop.com/what-is-lightscoop.html

Nikonworks Senior Member • Posts: 2,202
Re: Bounce flash mod for NEX5-N kit flash

A perfect tutorial on how to avoid the horrors of on camera direct flash.

Your before and after images clearly show the disadvantages of flash bouncing back into the lens at time of capture.

I am guessing your walls are white in addition to your ceiling?

Great post.

Carlgo Contributing Member • Posts: 532
Re: Bounce flash mod for NEX5-N kit flash

This Sony flash has a bounce position and the card is to augment that? Or is the card propping the flash up as well as scooping the light?

perry rhodan
perry rhodan Senior Member • Posts: 1,566
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The standard flash doesn't bounce. The great! little trick here is the card that makes it bounce.

Excellent soup! and others, great ideas really.
Thanks so much for posting!

Will defenitely try this out on my next buy (the Nex5N set ;)).

Also may come handy with some of my actual cams. Even on the HX 100 sony it works great. However needs a bit more work to attach.

Perry

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Jinxt Regular Member • Posts: 270
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Consider using one of those small square mirrors that you can acquire for ladie's compact mirrors. This will provide a better reflective surface

kev777zero
kev777zero Senior Member • Posts: 1,556
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I just tried this out and I highly recommend anyone who ever uses a flash to try it out. It's actually BETTER than a normal ceiling bounce flash. With its angle, it's actually shooting the light towards the backward ceiling, which can usually only be done w/ the more expensive 360 degree rotation flashes, creating even softer shadows than normal ceiling bounce. The white balance is rendered better as well.

paired with NEX-5N's high ISO abilities, I think this little flash can light up most rooms nicely, excluding large churches or lecture halls. the only con I guess is you can't shoot in portrait position, but it's hard to complain with such a pocketable quality flash

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anaksatawo Contributing Member • Posts: 657
kudos!

great stuff. i always love diy for the weekend. looks like i have one coming.

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