Have you ever found yourself in need of a new diffuser for your speedlight? Maybe you upgraded your flash and your old diffuser doesn’t fit anymore? Perhaps you frequently misplace your diffusers and are tired of spending money on what is essentially just a piece of plastic? Then check out this super simple DIY speedlight diffuser tutorial.
Watch the video or scroll down for step by step instructions!
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Pros of this DIY Speedlight Diffuser:
- Inexpensive! When you do the math, this diffuser costs less than $2 and takes about 30 seconds to make one once you have the materials.
- Universal fit. No need to worry about having different size speedlight heads. This diffuser will fit around any shape speedlight.
- Easy to store! While most speedlight diffusers are a bit awkward to fit in your camera bag, this diffuser stores flat or can be rolled up.
Step One: Gather Your Materials
To get started on this DIY project you are going to need a few things:
- Roll of plastic drawer liner material – $7.99 on Amazon
- Velcro strap – 20 pack $8.99 on Amazon
Step Two: Cut the Drawer Liner
You don’t need a huge piece, just make sure it will wrap around your speedlight with at least a couple of inches of overlap. Be sure to have the seam in the back! I find about 7-8 inches high by 11-12 inches wide works very well.
Step Three: Use Velcro Strap to Tighten
Wrap your velcro strap around your speedlight and the liner and tighten up.
Step Four: Shoot away!
You’re good to go. You may also choose to tape the top of the diffuser shut with some clear tape, but that’s up to you. It all depends on how you plan to use it.
But how does it look? See for yourself with these comparison photos. All images are SOOC (straight out of the camera) with the same settings:
- Aperture of f/2.8
- 1/200 shutter speed
- ISO 640
- Flash power set at 1/64
The lighting is a little flat, but that’s to be expected.
Much more diffuse light – you can see why you want to use a diffuser to begin with.
Honestly, I am surprised at the quality of the result. The DIY diffuser has easily the same quality, if not a softer quality of light than the standard diffuser.
Is it Worth It?
While you might spend $15 on materials when you could have bought an $11 diffuser, this DIY diffuser will fit on ANY shape speedlight – rectangular or round. And with those $15 in materials you can make 10 of these diffusers, so the cost drops to about $1.50 per diffuser.
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