Photography hacks: Turn a Pringles can into a macro flash diffuse

Love macro photography? Use a Pringles can to form a mud cheap diffuser for your pop-up flash!

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We all try our hand at macro photography, at some point during our time taking images. and therefore the secret to great macro images is to form use of supplemental flash lighting – but some photographers are postpone by the thought of investing in or learning new kit.

Well, if you do not want to research the simplest speed lights and best ringflash for macro photography, we have got a down and dirty photo hack for you involving your camera’s humble pop-up flash!

All you would like is an empty Pringles can, some tissue , a pair of scissors and a few rubber bands.

Photography hacks: Turn a Pringles can into a macro flash diffuser
It’s a bit MacGyver, but these basic craft skills can pay dividends – the standard of sunshine that’s funneled through the DIY diffuser and into your subject is well well worth the minimal effort!

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Once you pop (up), you cannot stop

01 found out your camera

Obviously you will need a macro lens for this, and you will also got to crop up your camera’s flash. within the menus, select your camera’s standard flash mode and drop the flash power to -1 stop.

02 Shape the can

Of course, your Pringles can must be empty, so step 02A should be to eat all those chips first! Step 02B is to carry the can to your camera’s flash unit and compute the world you will need to chop away so as for it to suit . Try tracing the form with a pen so you recognize where to chop to size. You’ll also got to stop the front of the can, at an angle, in order that the sunshine is angled down ahead of the lens.

03 Add tissue

Now tape tissue across the angle you’ve cut, to diffuse the sunshine and soften the shadows. Don’t use too many layers, or the flash power are going to be significantly reduced and you won’t be ready to light your subjects properly. If you would like something more robust, try a bit of curtain or cap move size.

04 Attach your diffuser

Make holes within the can with scissors, and poke rubber bands through them to strap the diffuser around your camera. Using these bands makes it easy to require the
can off once you want to shoot something aside from a close-up (as we did while walking around this forest).

05 Get in close

Set an aperture of f/11 or f/16; depth of field gets shallower as you focus closer, but alittle aperture counteracts this a touch . We’re using an ISO of 1250 and a shutter speed of 1/80 sec to make sure that the background that’s not lit by the flash is visible.

06 Experiment with composition

Try differing your composition and therefore the direction of your light by turning the camera vertically – but if you’re photographing delicate subjects like fungi, remember of how close your makeshift diffuser is. The last item you would like to try to to is encounter them and cause damage.

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