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Hack a $4 Plastic Flask into a Flash Diffuser

While you’re likely not the kind of person that drinks hard liquor out of a plastic flask, don’t turn your nose up at the cheap little bottles–they make excellent DIY flash diffusers for soft lit photos.

Most snap on commercial flash diffusers are simply milky white plastic molded to fit the head of your camera flash. At JWNPhoto they demonstrate how you can skip the $20 commercial model and turn a $4 plastic flask into an equally as good diffuser. All you’ll need is a flask from your local market, a marker, and a razor knife to cut the plastic.

Hit up the link below for the details and sample photos.

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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 10/10/11

Comments (2)

  1. John Legowik

    Hate to say it but this trick has been around for a looooooooong time… With the advent of digital cameras that are cheap though, a lot more people are taking a lot more photos… so… if you want the same effect on your little digital, just cut a small piece of plastic from one of the translucent milk jugs or equivalent hold it over the lens… remember it just has to keep the light from going forwards, so leaks around the side aren’t that big a deal… you can even use double sided cellophane tape if you want and make it semi attached.

  2. James Roulston

    I find that using masking tape over the flash on digital cameras also give a soft amber effect, I do this when I’m at a bar or such, it gives the photo a natural feel, especially in bars where the low light tends to have a warmer feel, the masking tape over the flash preserves this feel. So give it a go, preferably on your friends camera, in case something goes wrong.

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