|Clear Plastic Jug, mid transformation|
This tutotrial may seem painfully obvious, but there are a lot of considerations to take into account when optimizing the effect.
This is what the final product looks like
|Milk Jug Light Diffuser with an SB-900 flash and D5100 Nikon. Notice my blue tape.|
So that jug isn't actually a milk jug, its the remains of a gallon of white vinegar, but that just isn't as catchy.
|Clear plastic jug mid transformation -- also pictured above.|
|Positioning the speedlight in the diffuser|
I position the diffuser on the speedlight by adjusting the lip to catch on the bottom of the jug. Then I taped the top of the bottom of the jug back on. There is one glaring problem with this DIY Project. It is unbelievably dorky to have a massive homemade milkjug project on your $1000+ kit.
Especially if you used the blue tape like I did.
These comparison Photos will help you decide if its worth taking this step.
The following photos were taken with 320 ISO, F9, 1/160, 18mm with the hotshoe mounted SB-900 set to TTL. The dressform was located 6ft from the photographer. The speedlight is also positioned straight up.
|Milk Jug Diffuser with the plastic cap taped on.|
|Bouncing off the ceiling (control)|
|Milk Diffuser with Paper Cap|
The following photos were taken at 36mm, 3 feet away from subject, 320 iso, F9, 1/200. I have not retouched these or light balanced these with photoshop. The speedlight was hotshoe mounted, set to TTL, and pointed straight up.
|Portrait with diffuser, plastic cap.|
|portrait with no diffuser, pointed at ceiling (control)|
|milk jug diffuser with paper cap|
I don't know about this one, ceiling bounce seems to be a lot more flattering. To be fair, ceiling bounce will not always be available. That ceiling acts as a big diffuser in these situations, anyhow.
I set this up because I was looking for a less cumbersome on camera flash setup. This is really important in on-location event photography and in events when I (fingers crossed) have a second off camera flash.
What do you think? Is it worth the dork factor to get these sweet diffusion results?I definitely have mixed feelings.