DIY Softbox Offers Cheap, Flexible, and Portable Flash Diffusion

By Jason Fitzpatrick on January 18th, 2012

If you’re short on cash but handy with a sewing machine, this tutorial turns dirt cheap materials into a flexible, easy to pack, and extremely portable flash softbox.

Design student Hunter Frerich was looking for an inexpensive way to recreate the Honl Traveller, a small and easily packed softbox.

To avoid shelling out $70 for what amounts to a flexible fabric cone, he fired up the sewing machine and, using black fabric, aluminum foil, and a bit of flexible plastic as a diffuser element.

Hit up the link below for a detailed step-by-step guide and sewing template.

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Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 01/18/12
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