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.
Here's some pics of the mod, followed by before and after shots.
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?
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)
@ 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)
@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.
what did you use to attach the card onto the 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?
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?
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.
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