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Has anyone made a large sun light defuser ?
Old 05-05-2006, 06:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The thing that I am most unsure about is what to use to defuse the light. I remember a post about a black defuser but I have seen other shoots that people had white panels. Any help on this would be great..

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Re: Has anyone made a large sun light defuser ?
Old 05-05-2006, 11:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You can use any type of neutral fabric, though I've found white to be the most useful. Something like a light weight nylon is good. I picked up a nylon that has some stretch to it and had a friend of mine sew some pockets into the corners. Since it stretches, I was able to have her make the panels slightly smaller than the frames. The corners slip over them and the tension helps keep the panels taut.

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Re: Has anyone made a large sun light defuser ?
Old 05-06-2006, 09:12 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Two ways I could go. A while back on the old site there was a post about where to purchase the unprinted Tyvek wrap for building. It is wide, light, and diffuses well. The other solution, is that if you go to a fabric store that carries upholstery, you can buy white "ticking" in about a thousand different weigts. It comes, I think, in 60" wide rolls, colors, and if you hold it up to the sun, you can pick which weight is best. You can easily sew it to. That's all I got.
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Forgive the attempt at humor, but I'd be wary, in these days of fears of terrorists, of "defusing" light. I'd always be careful to "diffuse" it.

In answer to your question, I had one friend suggest using sailcloth (very strong, fairly light, resists moisture / mildew / rot / etc), but it's not cheap stuff. I priced a small amount and was rather shocked at how much they wanted for it. Still, it would probably do a very good job.
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light weight white rip stop nylon. I not sure how large is "large" but remember anything over three feet square turns into a hang glider real quick.
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Re: Has anyone made a large sun light defuser ?
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I have made 4 of them to play with and everyone of them blocked out more light then what I wanted. They also made a big box like shadow around the model and I just did not like the look of it. I used all kinds of stuff even rip stop. I just need to defuse the light a very little. My next idea is to use like a black stocking material. The shadow it makes will just have to be worked on in PS. I just want to be able to shoot in mid afternoon on the beach with out that harsh light.

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I made one using a silicone coated rip stop nylon from a company at WWW.ahh.biz. It's a 58" white/clear as they state material that works good. Give them a look to see if this product is what you are looking for. Good Luck Mike
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Try using using chiffon or a similar material. It's pretty thin and might do the trick.
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