DIY – Demb Diffuser or Homemade Demb Diffuser Using Kitchen Items

Fake Demb DYI -The Main IngredientsRecently I came across the Demb flash diffuser while reading a review of the best flash diffuser over at After seeing the Demb diffuser at the top of the list, I went to Amazon to see how much it costs and, to my surprise, found that Amazon, Adorama and B&H don’t sell it. The only way to purchase it is from Joe Demb’s site. I then decided to try my hand at making this diffuser myself. The total cost of mine is $0, while the real thing costs about $40.

Here is a list of the stuff I found at home:

  1. White Styrofoam plate. You can also use a white cardboard or photo paper. This will be the reflector.
  2. Rubber  bond  or any elastic bond. You can also use a velcro if you have one.
  3. Bendable disposable fork. Make sure it’s bendable. Don’t use the ones made with hard platic, since they will break if you try to bend them.
  4. IKEA drawer mat (Rationell Variera). You can also experiment with other translucent materials if you don’t have this particular mat.

Refer to the image below for the complete ingredients

Fake Demb DYI -The Main Ingredients

Cut a 5″x5″ of the ikea drawer mat and make top edges slightly rounded, this will be your diffuser

Insert the fork to your disposable plate or card, if you have a clip or something that you can use to better hold the reflector, much better. If using a cardboard cut at least a 6″x6″ size for the reflector. See image below:

Fork inserted on Disposable plateI’m also looking for something similar to a small door hinge to hold the reflector to allow its angle to be changed, just like the original Demb diffuser.

Place your elastic bond or velcro into your flash, and just insert the diffuser. if you need the reflector you can insert it too. The final setup should look like this:

Fake Demb DYI -1

If you’re indoors with a low ceiling, it’s better to bounce off the ceiling and just use the diffuser, without using the reflector. Use the reflector if you are indoors with high ceiling or outdoors. This is a first attempt at creating the Demb diffuser, and I’m still working on finding better materials.

Close up of my elastic bond:
My Elastic Bond

Here are some more images including the test results:

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I will post some more photos when I get the chance. Thanks for visiting.

This short how to article was featured at PetaPixel.Com on June 22, 2010. Thanks to the Editor Michael Zang

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