Well That was Fast.

Too cheap to consider the Bounce-Wall, even before they announced the price? (UPDATE: They have since announced the price.)

A mere four days later, there is already a page up on how to roll your own version…

Free-Ninety Nine

So maybe it is not as polished, versatile or sturdy as the original, which will retail for $99 (that's dollars or Euros, from what I am hearing). But it will get your light up-and-over, and do so in a way where you can easily rotate the angle for different shooting distances.

The tutorial is at Lighting-Academy.com, which just happens to be the DIY division of California Sunbounce.

I love that these guys, who have a rep for making high-end gear for pros, also put out DIY versions much of their stuff on a sister site. If there is another photo company that does this, I don't know about it.

Anyway, bad news is it's all in German. Good news is that there are enough detailed photos that it doesn't matter. And if you are both German and a cheapskate, well, Dies ist dein Glückstag. [UPDATE: The English version is now up.]

If you have a 1/4x20 eye bolt (or normal bolt and a wing nut) lying around, you can certainly do this for free. And props to Sunbounce for respecting both types of photographer. Seriously.


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Blogger _wez_ said...

Running it through google translate is an option ;)


seems there is some very nice DIY stuff on that site (i like their DIY bungee ball idea)

September 07, 2012 3:19 PM  
Blogger _wez_ said...

Running the website through google translate gives some results ;)


this site is actually filled with good DIY ideas. i like the idea of a bungee ball using a peice of bungee cord and a nut.

September 07, 2012 3:22 PM  
Blogger Ed from Ohio said...

Is that fancy yellow shirt part of the DIY plans? If so, I'm all in! :)

September 07, 2012 3:24 PM  
Blogger Robert said...

Hi, Just click on the little BRitish Flag in the top right hand corner on Lighting-Academy.com and hey, it's in english :)

September 07, 2012 4:03 PM  
Blogger Robert said...

Click on the little British flag in the top right hand corner of Lighting-Academy.com and Hey it's in english :)

September 07, 2012 4:07 PM  
Blogger Jeremy said...

oh come on, nobody remembers this??


September 07, 2012 4:09 PM  
Blogger Robert said...

All except the DIY Bounce Wall of course :(

September 07, 2012 4:11 PM  
Blogger Janet Ramsay and Keith Winsor said...

I'm sure it works well but there is no way I'm using the dyi for a paying gig.


September 07, 2012 11:56 PM  
Blogger Janet Ramsay and Keith Winsor said...

There is just no chance of the dyi going on a job with me no matter how good it works! LOL

September 07, 2012 11:57 PM  
Blogger Just said...

www.lighting-academy.com is a great site. Thanks so much! Clicking the British flag does not work on this page, but I speak enough German to understand.

Love building my own stuff, gets you to understand it all much better.

September 08, 2012 4:18 AM  
Blogger Just said...

www.lighting-academy.com is a great site. Thanks so much! Clicking the British flag does not work on this page, but I speak enough German to understand.

Love building my own stuff, gets you to understand it all much better.

Please prove you're not a robot is really nasty!! I understand it is needed and I hate it.

September 08, 2012 4:20 AM  
Blogger Marcell said...

Nice! It inspired me to scale up one of my recent DIY project:
So I will add steroids and growth hormones and make a bigger version for DSLR and not for mirrorrless.
But it won't be cheap I'm afraid. However, it might be more versatile (or not) and will look more insane (I hope)than the Bounce-Wall.


September 08, 2012 6:52 AM  
OpenID derekmcclure said...

I wasn't sold on the original, this DIY version just confirms it..

September 08, 2012 7:30 AM  
Blogger David Clunie said...

My question is why does it have to be square? In general I'd say you'd use square to cover more area, but if you're going to those catch lights in peoples eyes why not start out with a circle or a circle with a hole in the center (ala beauty dish) for shaped catch lights ;)

just a thought, and diy or pro on a job isn't a question, its if it gets the job done IS! Ask the ISS and their recent fix with a motorized toothbrush. Its not the tool but how you use them and if they get the job DONE.

September 08, 2012 9:44 AM  
Blogger Steeljam said...

It seems to me there is an opening for a cap to which can be fitted a reflector. If the cap could be fitted with a flash shoe it would be favourite.

September 08, 2012 1:21 PM  
Blogger chase said...

It's not like all this stuff is new... so diy projects are common place for most gear.

As a matter of fact if you look way back - you may even find a better diy version of many of the 're-invented' diy projects or "New products' on the market today.

September 08, 2012 2:07 PM  
Blogger Wally Brooks said...

right click using Google chrome will get an English translation

September 08, 2012 5:43 PM  
Blogger Jim Quinn said...

Although it may work reasonably well, the Bounce-Wall and its DIY variations look to me like something your wacky uncle whipped up in the garage with tin can strips and rubber bands. It looks jury-rigged and odd, and I'd be afraid a portrait subject would laugh at it - not exactly the reaction you might be hoping for.
As an alternative, I like Chuck Gardner's DIY reflector, which provides a nearly round catchlight and can be made quickly and inexpensively from craft-store materials. I've made quite a few for myself and for friends. It works very well on- or off-camera. And it looks purposeful, not geeky.

September 09, 2012 5:26 PM  
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September 10, 2012 1:46 AM  
Blogger Dovelyn Richmond said...

From the moment I saw this I started to laugh. Hilarious... Just...

September 10, 2012 12:48 PM  
Blogger Good Sale said...

Very nice. Did you end up attaching the flash over or under the lens

September 12, 2012 5:25 AM  
OpenID Guyphoto said...

Check out my presentable DIY Bounce Wall. It's not 99 cents, but it is a lot cheaper than Sunbounce's/


July 04, 2013 4:23 PM  

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