Amazing Flashing Baubles


Ho ho ho ho ho Lomo!!! Christmas is here and if you are anything like me, you have started to stock up on film and the like, but what about your flash? Why not give it a very festive makeover!

For this flash I took two baubles. It is important to make sure that they are transparent enough for the light to get through. I stood for a long time in the super market holding baubles up to the light trying to see through them – I was eventually asked to leave. But it is essential that the bauble is see through other wise the flash won’t …well… flash.

To make it, I took the bulb from an old broken flash and the one from my Diana F+ (there was a very good reason for me choosing this flash to bastardise, but you will see later.) Carefully I took the flash apart (by the way, nice touch from Lomo on the inside of the flash is the Lomo girl icon!) I cannot stress to you how careful you have to be when playing with flashes. If you touch two of the terminals you’ll get an almighty jolt – if I had a piggy for every time I electrocuted myself making this flash I would be very VERY rich.

I took 3 lengths of wire. I soldered a length of wire to each of the ends of the extra bulb and the other end of the wire to the corresponding ends of the Diana flash. The third wire I then soldered connecting the flashes power supply (seriously this thing hurts) to its terminal on the extra flash bulb. Then I used the hot shoe from the broken flash and soldered it to the corresponding terminals on the Diana’s circuit board. I wired up the battery and my flash was good to go. Almost.

I have always found that the flash ready light on the Diana flash reminded me of something… something very festive. I think you can see from the pictures what I wanted to do with that light.

When I did my test roll I used two different baubles one was a frosted white with a glitter pattern and the second was a dappled green but really there is nothing stopping you using any colour. In fact you could use the coloured shades from fairy lights – hook up a few flash bulbs together…and… well.. I won’t say any more, you have to wait until next Christmas.

written by mattcharnock on 2009-12-21 #gear #tutorials #reindeer #tipster #festive #flash #coloursplash #christmas #diana #baubles


  1. satomi
    satomi ·

    hahaha, this is too awesome:D

  2. dogma
    dogma ·

    :) Fantastic idea Matt!

  3. stouf
    stouf ·

    Yeah ! Such a nice one ! Ahaha you got electrocuted ! I'm imagining you jumping at every discharge... I'm not sure, but I think it's thousands of volts in a fraction of second... Cool results dude ! It was worth it : )

  4. lakandula
    lakandula ·

    Very creative! Hohohoho

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