As most of us know, photography can be an expensive but a very rewarding endeavor. The economy today tells us that we have to do our part and learn the 3 R’s. We all need to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Here is a simple DIY project using a film canister.
What is a better way to reduce trash than to reuse our canisters? Although, I am a film photography lover, I do not discriminate against digital and I own a happy snappy and a SLR (single-lens reflex).
I just bought a SLR and felt that the built-in flash was too harsh. I felt that I needed to use a diffuser of some sort. However, with my funds being depleted on the new camera, I had to come up with another method. I tried using my hand but it did not work too well. I then discovered that I could turn the flash setting down but still, I was not getting the look I wanted. Thanks to Google, I saw an image of a canister over the flash. I told myself, “What a perfect way to diffuse the light and bring a little film back into digital!”
The canister being opaque would make a perfect little diffuser and help soften the light.
This was the start of my simple DIY project.
Things you need:
- An opaque white film canister
Remove the lid of the canister and put it to one side or in the plastic recycling bin.
Get the scissors and cut a strip out of the side of the canister and a V-shape or triangle out of the bottom end of the canister.
Then pop-up the flash on your SLR camera and fit the canister over it.
Voila! Now you have your very own flash diffuser! Try it with your other Lomography cameras with a flash!