I love my Canon S3 IS except for the flash. It's a pop up, no hot shoe, and it's either up or down. That's it. I can't angle it or turn it. They don't make a Puffer for the S3. My sister in law, Suezanne, told me about Puffers. She takes the most amazing shots and is a master with the flash. When she shoots faces out at night, on the town, no one ever looks washed out. The flash is always perfect. Her Puffer has a lot to do with that--not to mention skill.
I've been trying to make my own flash diffuser for a while now. I've come up with a couple of things that worked, sort of, but none of them stayed put very well on the camera which often meant I was supporting my jerry-rigged diffuser with one hand and shooting with the other. Annoying.
But, last night, I had a brainstorm. It was actually because of something another S3 user said. It made me realize there WAS a way to have a diffuser that I could attach to my camera while I took photos, it doesn't come off easily, and it's CHEAP! I should add that it requires that the lens adapter be attached to the camera--the lens adapter for the S3 is what allows one to attach the wide angle, macro, or tele-converter lenses as well as any filters.
My new diffuser did a great job last night as I was shooting the making of Cortido--see those photos HERE. I had to do very little color correction, it worked great.
Today's test photos, however, all came out with some sickly yellow/brown tones that I could not completely correct. So, perhaps, my new diffuser needs just a little more work. That's okay! It will work really well for me for now--especially for indoor shots and macro shots. Yes! It works really well for those!
I upgraded since this morning. No more yellow ucky! SOOO much better. No color correction needed!
Here's the New Version of my S3 flash diffuser. I can't wait to use it for some real shooting! Won't exactly make me look like a pro, but so what?
There's more. After updating this entry I went to the dollar store. I've read online where people talk about turning a ping pong ball into a diffuser by cutting a hole in it and sliding it over their pop-up flash. That didn't feel right to me, a ping pong ball is so small, you know? And the flash gets HOT. I'd be worried about melting the ball. Fortune was with me. I bought a cheap toy bat and hollow toy baseball set for $3. The "baseball" is a bit smaller than a real baseball and is made of some relatively thin white plastic that is easily cut with a razor blade. From the "ping pong ball diffuser" images I saw online, I feared that the toy baseball, too, would turn my images yellow. And it does, but not nearly as bad as the paper plate. And I AM shooting in a dark home--it's raining out and we don't have the best indoor lighting in the world. Yes, it's RAINING! WOO HOOO!!!!!!!
The "baseball" diffuser didn't do well on the macro shots--it doesn't diffuse the light enough to eliminate the shadow from the lens. The styrofoam plate reigns supreme in the macro experiment--but the ball diffuser will be handy nevertheless.