Got milk?

by Lori October. 24, 2007 1507 views

I use a Canon PowerShot A540 to take my photos. Love the camera and the surprisingly good quality of the videos. Flash, though, is an issue. It can be overpowering. My solution when I need some light but not too much light is to cover the flash with a napkin or whatever is handy to soften it. It works but napkins crumple and are clumsy. Aha! I have found a solution…

When I was cleaning out the junk drawer I came across old report covers for school. They are heavy duty plastic in different colors… yellow, red, blue, and purple. A light bulb went off… I can cut them down and use them as filters for my flash. Cool. What I wanted, though, was white. I was stumped where to find white plastic that was translucent and thin enough to cut down. I mentioned my “invention” to a photographer friend at work and he suggested I cut down a milk carton. That's what he used to use to soften his big flash. Eureka! Cool times 2! It works. I put my new filters on a ring and added it to my camera strap. I am in business.

I made a few of the white filters so I could have more or less diffused flash.

Geranium taken in full florescent office lighting with my new red flash filter.

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Sherij 13 years, 10 months ago

very creative!! and they work great too!!

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Magpy 13 years, 10 months ago

clever! very clever!

13 years, 10 months ago Edited
Carley 13 years, 10 months ago

Aha!! Great idea! I'll have to try that.... Thanks for the tip!

13 years, 10 months ago Edited