Nerd warning: technical photographic stuff.
I like to build my own photographic devices, whether it’s homemade lenses or lighting equipment. I recently built a large light diffuser panel based on the old ‘Tinker Tubes’ plans. It’s made out of PVC pipe, and cloth I bought from the fabric store. My first test shows that it works nicely! The diffuser drops the light about 2 stops from ‘hard light’, which is pretty good. My umbrellas have about the same performance. I don’t anticipate taking this to the beach, but it’ll be useful for studio or in-home work.
Oh and it cost me about $40 (as opposed to $300) and about three hours of work.
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First the results. My youngest son, who is always up for a quick portrait shoot.
The front side of the diffuser:
And the back side:
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