How To Diffuse Your Flash with Tissue Paper

A camera flash is a useful way to take photos when the light conditions aren't perfect. This means that you will be able to take photographs even if there isn't enough light in the room. Another option is to use a diffuser for your flash. Flash diffusers work by softening the light coming out of your cameras flash and making it much less harsh.

There are lots of diffusers which can be brought to fit onto your camera. These diffusers are normally made from plastic and make it really easy to soften the light coming from your camera. However, they can be very expensive. Another much cheaper option is to make your own diffuser using tissue paper.

Step 1: Find Tissue Paper

The first thing that you need to do is find some tissue paper to use as a diffuser. Tissue paper should be relatively easy to find. The tissue paper can be brought at a local craft store cheaply or it can be found for free as it's often used as a packing material. Ideally, you will need to use white colored tissue paper as this won't add any tints to the flash.

Step 2: Prepare the Flash

If the flash on your camera is hidden inside the camera, then you will need to uncover it. Normally, this is possible by half depressing the shutter button on your camera. This will make your flash pop up so that you can attach the tissue paper. While you're doing this, you should also clean the flash to get rid of any fingerprints and smudges.

Step 3: Fix the Tissue Paper

Fix the tissue paper onto the flash by using sticky tape. Try to avoid putting any of the tape over the tissue which covers the flash itself, because this can create shadows and strange effects in the photo. Also remember that this will be a temporary addition to your camera. To make removing the tape easier, it's a good idea to fold over the edge of the tape. This will make it possible to pull the tape off without needing to worry about scratching the camera.

Step 4: Take Photos

Now, all you need to do is take photos. If you are working with retractable flashes, however, it's important to leave your flash exposed all the time. If you push the flash back inside, then it will probably tear the tissue paper and could even cause the whole flash mechanism to jam.

Step 5: Experiment

If you don't like the look of the photos which have been taken using the flash, then you will need to improvise. Use different thicknesses of tissue paper or use more than one piece of paper to change the effect and soften the flash even more. Alternatively, if you find that the flash doesn't light anything up, then you might find it necessary to use a thinner piece of paper.

Step 6: Remove Tissue Paper

Once you've finished taking the photos, all you need to do is remove the tape and tissue paper. This is easy if you took the advice of folding the tape over on itself.

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