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Eureka!!..Figured out how to reduce white-out from close up flash! :)

I've hated how the flash always screws up images when you're taking a macro shot in low light...and as I was on the 'thinking stool' (kerplunk!.. lol), I figured that toilet paper would work perfectly as a flash 'mute' of sorts.

Awesome because you can customize your 'muting' by how many layers you have covering the flash (but keeping the orange light open so it will recognize objects..)

Here are some before and after shots of this theory at work! (I don't think you want to see what my first test subject was )

Both shot shutter 1/60, Fstop 8.0, iso 80, and both exposures at -2/3 (on a canon sd1100 elph)..(and a mute level of 2 layers on the after shot )

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After:
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Not as noticeable here, but with lighter colored subjects, I always would have it "white out" even with very low exposure and iso set to 80. Still a (very) cheap way to adjust the flash intensity!

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BTW, does anyone know if you can adjust the flash level on a point and shoot camera??

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BTW, does anyone know if you can adjust the flash level on a point and shoot camera??
Read the manual. I dont think that you can though. Yours MAY be able to dump the flash brightness.
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BTW, does anyone know if you can adjust the flash level on a point and shoot camera??
depends. my panasonic tz1 has flash level adjustments. so does my old ass sony.

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It's not a flash "mute" what you ha e done is a Homemade Diffuser. Nice work. you have good instincts.




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It's not a flash "mute" what you ha e done is a Homemade Diffuser. Nice work. you have good instincts.
Thank you, I didn't know what he was talking about.

For bigger setups, they actually make and sell diffusers for your flash. While you didn't re-invent the wheel, you definitely got creative and it worked! The force is strong with this one.
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sweet, sounds a lot cooler as a diffuser rather than a..flash muter?! lol


And apparently no way to lessen flash on it

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