A Note on Content

The purpose of this blog is twofold: (1) to advertise my services as a photographer, and (2) to provide useful information to people who want to take better pictures, particularly when it comes to photographing children.

Although I have not organized the blog posts in any particular order, I have tried to start with basic information and build from there, so those wanting to learn more about photography and visiting the site for the first time may want to start with the oldest posts first.

If you have questions or comments about the blog, please feel free to leave a comment or to email me directly. I hope the photos and other information presented here help you appreciate the art of children's photography, and inspire you to take great photographs of your own.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

The Two-Dollar Diffuser

Several months ago I wrote a post on reflectors and diffusers and explained how cheaply one can be made. For example, my diffuser cost maybe $2.00 and was constructed from a junk store screen and cheap plastic.

Anyway, I thought I'd post two recent examples. Dads make great "clouds" by the way, and can usually be enlisted to hold the diffuser, at which time I usually start to refer to them as "Cloud," "Mister Cloud," or "Daddy Cloud," as in "Hey, Mr. Cloud: a little to the left."

Both photos here wouldn't have succeeded without a diffuser--and a Mr. Cloud.


  1. Tim- you're a crack up.

    I have ghetto reflectors purchased from the auto store (meant to protect your dash from Mr. Sunshine). One side is silver one side is gold, they fold down into a small pouch and cost $5 each. :)

  2. I agree, dad's make the best clouds! I'm going to have to try Gretchen's ghetto reflector, lol.

  3. Gretchen: that's killer. I'm bummed though. I just spent $5.00 at the fabric store from some really nice, white reflective fabric. (The sales lady gave me kind of a strange look, I must admit, but call me "Mr. Fabric.") I was going to stretch it on another DI frame, for a $6.00 reflector. At five bucks, though, for two tones, you've got me beat.