A simple flash bouncer is the next best thing to shooting off camera flash. It either makes the flash bigger by diffusing some of its light, or have it bounce to the wall / ceiling creating a big spot of light that bounces back to the subject.
This is why it is refreshing to see a new take on that problem. Designer Benny Johansson (who made the genius cap holder and was finalist on our sofbox contest) came up with a slightly different flash bouncer thingy built from two pieces of recycled plastic – the PilleVippo. The amazing thing about the PilleVippo is that it is super versatile and 100% DIY. It fits both point and shots and DSLRs. All you need is an old plastic container and a template you can get on Ben’s site.
And here is a comparison shots that show different usage of the PilleVippo:
- A. Silver mirror, small white reflector.
- B. Silver mirror, small white reflector held in a way that blocks light from the background
- C. Direct flash, no mirror or reflector .