If you're looking to soften up your camera flash on the cheap — perhaps because you were startled to see how unflattering direct flash is — this clever softbox turns a sheet of office paper into a lightweight flash diffuser.
DIY Photography reader Julian Schungel created a template for folding a DIY version of the Lumiquest Softbox II. If you're not frequently packing and unpacking your gear, or you don't use a large flash diffuser very frequently, making your soft box out of paper is an economical solution compared to the $US40 Lumiquest product.
Julian's DIY model comes in two flavours, the most basic is a single sheet of paper — seen in the photo above — and the more advanced requires two sheets of white paper and a black sheet of construction paper for increased control over light spill. You can grab a copy of his template at the link below.
The template is sized for A4 paper, so if you're printing on standard US office paper you should print it on Legal size paper to avoid dealing with the hassle of the length difference between A4 and Letter paper. For the curious, Letter size is .69 inches shorter and .23 inches wider than A4 paper where is Legal is 2.31 inches longer and .23 inches wider.
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A4 Sheet Fold Me Lumiquest [DIY Photography School]