DIY Collapsible Softbox

Strobist reader EMarc has posted a tutorial on how to make a DIY, collapsible softbox out of an inexpensive bug shield.

You can get the bug shields at any kitchen store.

This is a very cool use of a scrounged household item, IMO. But if you happen to find yourself at a picnic with EMarc, skip his carrot and raisin salad.

Those might not be raisins.



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Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is called a "food umbrella." That should make your google/froogle/pricegrabber/whatever searching easier. ;-)

October 17, 2006 5:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

$2.99 US

October 17, 2006 6:00 PM  
Blogger Greg Woolf said...

You can always get a larger one here:

October 17, 2006 7:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

haven't tried it, don't know if would be sturdy enough

October 17, 2006 7:40 PM  
Anonymous billy said...

A bug shield...that is resourceful.


June 30, 2007 4:54 AM  
Blogger sean said...

check out photoflex's new strobist style softbox kit
roughly the same price as mpex umbrella kit


September 28, 2007 3:15 PM  
Blogger Yue Edwards said...

when it get's hot, does it get burnt? do you put flash or continuous light inside? bug shields look like made of some sort of fabric

September 02, 2010 6:23 PM  
Blogger monchan54 said...

Just came across this and I see that we had the same idea. I created mine around 2009 or 2010 when I really started getting into digital photography. Since I didn't sew or knew anybody who did at the time I made mine, I used a sunshield that you use on a car's windshield area for the four sides. The one I chose was the very soft and thin foam kind w/ a silver reflecting surface on one side and white on the other. I used a lot of black electrical and masking tape to put it all together after I found a way to anchor the four ends. I decided to cover the silver part with the tape and used the white side for the inside. For the diffusion, I used cheap plastic shower curtain liner attaching them to the box with velcro. The size of the food mesh cover I used was around 12" square. I have a Canon 430EX and I used this softbox with it to get some great photos, whether mounted on my camera or used off-camera.

September 06, 2014 7:01 AM  

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