Hack Attack: DIY light bounce wall

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Lexy spent her formative years taking a lot of photos and dreaming in technicolour. Nothing much has changed now she's covering all things photography related for CNET.

Welcome to Hack Attack, where we take a light-hearted look at building your own photographic tools on the cheap.

Photography is an expensive hobby. With new toys being released all the time to make you lust after pricey photo gear, Hack Attack provides the wallet-friendly version of doing it yourself. Over the coming weeks, you'll be able to watch the projects grow in complexity, and possibly see some epic DIY fails along the way.

Are you sick and tired of bouncing your flash off a wall, only to find that it's too far away to make a difference? This week's build brings the wall closer to you! For this hack, you will need:

  • Digital SLR and flash unit

  • Three L-shaped brackets that will accept a quarter-inch bolt

  • Several quarter-inch bolts and nuts

  • Double-sided tape

  • A white piece of cardboard.

The inspiration for this hack comes from the Sunbounce Bounce-Wall, which retails for around €100. I don't know about you, but I'd rather spend one tenth of that making my own version!

Want to see an example of the bounce wall in action?

Our most excellent cameraman and editor Matt poses without the bounce wall in position (left) and with the bounce wall attached (right).
(Credit: CBSi)

See more how-to and DIY videos from Hack Attack here.

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