Camera Pop-up Flash Mirror-style Diffuser
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Looks to me like they pyramid-shaped part at the bottom middle is a support for the flash shoe mount. As such, yes, the flat panel will end up in front of the pop-up flash, and reflect light upwards and forwards. Printing with white PLA/ABS, or applying a neutral white material to the mirror portion would be wise. Applying a reflective material (metallicized mylar, aluminum tape, etc) would maximize light transmission, but might make the reflected light somewhat patchy, if that matters. If the part were printed with translucent material, it might diffuse some light downwards for macro subjects, but that doesn't seem to be the intent of the design.
I printed but in the original position, you spend a lot of plastic to support the slanted face and then it got broken when trying to detach. If you re-design it, put face horizontal for minimun plastic and stronger braces.
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- Print in white plastics. PLA is recommended for better preserving the dimensions of the object.
- Optional, but strongly recommended: Take a piece of aluminum foil, cut it into a rectangular (about 60 x 50 mm) and glue it into the space of the big slanted face at the top of the object. This will give it a kind of 'mirror' that bounces the light much better than only white plastics.
- Open your on-camera flash and put the diffuser onto the hotshoe.
- Take photos!
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