The Milk Jug Experiment

If you ask me how to operate the flash on my camera, I would have to whip out the manual. Seriously, I would miss the shot.  I've grown accustomed to shooting without it, so when I accepted a job to shoot a wedding reception, I knew I would face challenges. 

The lighting in reception halls tends to be a bit on the dark side, so without adding the expense of rental lighting, it seemed inevitable I would have to use the flash.  With reluctance, I got out the camera manual, and learned how to operate the flash.  But still, I needed a solution to flash skin tones and the infamous red eye.  

You can find soft boxes designed to fit over the flash to accomplish what I was after, but I didn't like the bulkiness as it snuggly fit around the entire front of my camera. Plus, room in my camera bag was limited so this was no longer an option.  Enter the milk jug experiment.


Step One:  1/2 gallon size works best, so drink up, or transfer milk to another container.

Step Two:  Cut the handle off from the container, and then cut down the center of the handle.

Step Three:  Measure the size of your pop up flash and cut the handle accordingly.  The handle should fit securely over your pop up flash.