Using A Homemade Concave Macro Diffuser For Shooting Insects

Jul 6, 2015

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

Using A Homemade Concave Macro Diffuser For Shooting Insects

Jul 6, 2015

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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Macro photographer Mark Thorpe (A.K.A PixelHobo) just sent us this awesome macro photography tip. The idea is to create a concave macro diffuser that will illuminate your (itsy bitsy) subjects from all around, eliminating shadows. He calls it ‘El Monstro’.

The build is easy as long as you have ample supply of gaffers tape :)

Ingredients

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What is missing from the ingredient shot is a roll of black masking tape and the kitchen funnel that my wife has, unknowingly, donated to the cause! “Go big, or go home” right?

Here is a multi angle view of El Monstro:

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All that’s needed now is a clear day and some compliant bugs. Methinks it’s gonna be a bit of a trial to approach willing subjects but hey, if it’s meant to be then let it be so. Looking forward to the adventure.

If you are into macro, you may wanna check out Mark’s previous tip utilizing toilet paper for diffusing lights.

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Udi Tirosh

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7 responses to “Using A Homemade Concave Macro Diffuser For Shooting Insects”

  1. Nicolas Racine Avatar
    Nicolas Racine

    It would be nice to see it in action. And see the result.

  2. Karma Avatar
    Karma

    I visited his site, and it looks like he literally just built this yesterday. I am hoping for some shots too!

  3. john myers Avatar
    john myers

    And maybe a little direction on how to build it. Assuming it works, of course.

  4. ext237 Avatar
    ext237

    This is really clever, and how to build it seems self explanatory.

  5. akshayjamwal Avatar
    akshayjamwal

    Well done! I personally use a Flashbender, but I might have to try this. I suspect it might need to be angled slightly downwards, but I guess we’ll just see.

  6. Billy Mocean Avatar
    Billy Mocean

    Hey guys thanks for the positive comments

  7. Billy Mocean Avatar
    Billy Mocean

    I am actually Mark although I go under a different name on FB. I just like my privacy from that platform. I will be posting updates and images accomplished during the trials with this as soon as possible. Based in Yokohama, Japan and since the build I’ve only been able to test it very sparingly due to crazy bad weather here at the moment. Apparently, and fingers crossed, I should be able to get out early Saturday morning for some tests. Thus far it seems to be working fine.