cheap bouncer

Started Jun 21, 2004 | Discussions
sarge912 Senior Member • Posts: 1,118
cheap bouncer

This may be old hat to some but I thought I would share this for other tinkerers like myself.

I made this flash bouncer from a 69 cent bottle of alcohol from the local discount store. (I used up the liquid first of course.) Steamed off the labels and then wrapped with really white paper. It works well, especially for macros. shown on a Minolta 3600HS flash.

extended provides a different effect.

OP sarge912 Senior Member • Posts: 1,118
Re: cheap bouncer

Don't know if anyone is even reading this thread but I took some macros in almost total darkness using the cheapbouncer. They turned out pretty nice.

Peter Henry Senior Member • Posts: 2,136
Re: cheap bouncer

sarge912 wrote:

Don't know if anyone is even reading this thread but I took some
macros in almost total darkness using the cheapbouncer. They turned
out pretty nice.

Nice.. if it works, it works..

What's the advantage of using this device instead of say using ambient lighting? I haven't done macro before.

johngeek Contributing Member • Posts: 773
Re: cheap bouncer

Neat idea! You know you're a DIYer when you start buying products just for the fun ideas for recycling the containers.

sarge912 wrote:

This may be old hat to some but I thought I would share this for
other tinkerers like myself.

I made this flash bouncer from a 69 cent bottle of alcohol from the
local discount store. (I used up the liquid first of course.)
Steamed off the labels and then wrapped with really white paper.
It works well, especially for macros. shown on a Minolta 3600HS
flash.

extended provides a different effect.

OP sarge912 Senior Member • Posts: 1,118
ambient light

Peter Henry wrote:

sarge912 wrote:

Don't know if anyone is even reading this thread but I took some
macros in almost total darkness using the cheapbouncer. They turned
out pretty nice.

Nice.. if it works, it works..

What's the advantage of using this device instead of say using
ambient lighting? I haven't done macro before.

well, since it reaches out and puts the light over the top of the closeup object it helps to bring out detail.

In the case that I used, there was no real ambient light.
If you flash directly on a macro it tends to washout.

I sometimes have to photograpgh evidence at a crime scene without being able to move it. This allows me to bring up detail that might otherwise be misssed.

The bounce also works well for regular shots where you don't want direct flash but don't have a cealing to bounce off of.

OP sarge912 Senior Member • Posts: 1,118
Re: cheap bouncer

Peter Henry wrote:

What's the advantage of using this device instead of say using
ambient lighting? I haven't done macro before.

here is a crop of a macro of a Leatherman Supertool, which is polished stainless steel. (pretty hard to do in the field) I shot it without a tripod (which I would only do if a tripod was not a viable option) The bounce was fully extended so that light is reduced through the area with the white paper around it and then provides a second source from the transparent bulb, in effect producing to different light sources.
A tripod would have produced an even clearer shot.

Peter Henry Senior Member • Posts: 2,136
Re: cheap bouncer

sarge912 wrote:

Peter Henry wrote:

What's the advantage of using this device instead of say using
ambient lighting? I haven't done macro before.

here is a crop of a macro of a Leatherman Supertool, which is
polished stainless steel. (pretty hard to do in the field) I shot
it without a tripod (which I would only do if a tripod was not a
viable option) The bounce was fully extended so that light is
reduced through the area with the white paper around it and then
provides a second source from the transparent bulb, in effect
producing to different light sources.
A tripod would have produced an even clearer shot.

Impressive.. thanks for the detailed info! As mentioned before I hadn't done macro before so now it's clearer..

Cheers

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