-- When I saw today's #meridianchallenge subject, I was both excited and a bit disappointed. You see, the new D810 is a 36mp FX format beast with my 105mm lens and I've been drooling for an opportunity to play with more data, but my flash setup for macro has been sorely lacking what some would call a snoot. Basically, without playing with tripods and multiple flash setups, I've been unable to get a hot-shoe mounted flash to put the light where I want it and still have diffusion.
There are a lot of do-it-yourself posts out there on the interwebs; how you can make your own mini-softbox flash extender to bounce the light right at the end of the lens and not spend a boatload of moolah. I'd been looking at these for months, but never took the time to make one and now, time would be short if I took the couple hours to do it right. In fact, I was risking not getting the shot in today. (Fact: The Meridian Challenge has no 'time-stamp' rule. I just push myself sometimes because it's good to do.)
Anyway, I started the project after dinner and a brief last glance at Google Images. Glad I looked too. One of the images was of the Pringle Can DIY (I'll let you look that one up on your own.) and it lit a bulb over my head. I have a couple iPhone boxes laying around from over the years (you do too, right?) and the boxes are just the right size to slip over my SB-800. With a little tinfoil, a whole bunch of electrical tape and a fantastic black iPhone 5s box, I went to work.
In all I might have spent 23 cents and a bit of time to construct this tool.
Lemme just tell you lighting up these #tiny gears on the wristwatch my son gave me for Christmas a few years ago and having it come out as clean as it did #priceless.