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Do It Yourself - Professional looking Reflector for Budget Photographers using Aluminium Foil

Now that you have found my site, the end reflector will be something like the image below. I used it up for quite some time and it still holds up. The beauty is that you can make it in any size you want. You can fold it and put it in your bag.  Lets discuss the basic requirements for making a reflector.  1. You know what reflectors are.  2. You want to make one for your hobby / professional adventures.  3. Aluminium Foil (one side hard reflection, the other side soft reflection type) 4. Insulation Tape. (Not duct tape!) 5. Scissors.   6. Measuring tape/scale.  7. News paper. (in required quantity) . Newspaper is used to give a shape to the reflector, so you can use any other material you want. I use newspaper because it is flexible and makes the Reflector foldable and portable. 
Step 1: Decide on the size of the reflector. You have to select the Al foil size and the newspaper size accordingly. 
Step 2: First Make sure that your foil has a soft reflection side. For consistent and unif…

A simple guide to selecting rechargeable Ni-MH batteries and chargers and ways of using them to get optimum results

Rechargeable batteries are a very important commodity when you use heave drain devices like Cameras, huge toys,flashes etc.

Disclaimer : You take responsibility for whatever way you charge your batteries. This is just a piece of information, not a fact. Use your common sense. Your safety is the most important. Have a look at the caution information at the end.

The most popular AA or AAA size batteries are the NI-MH batteries. (Nickel - Metal hydride). They have good cycling times and recharge overnight.

What capacity of rechargeable batteries should I use? 
Battery capacities are denoted in mAh (milli Amp hours). The higher the capacity, the higher it will last before needing another recharge which means more usage time. The higher the capacity, the better.
Standard capacities to choose from, are anywhere from 1800 to 2800 mAh to have a pretty charge cycle.

How long can these batteries be charged and discharged?
Ni-MH batteries have a limited charge-discharge cycle (so does every other…

Digitek DFL 002/003 – Speedlight Flash Gun review and How to use a Manual Speedlight

This review is for the actual Digitek 002 model; however this may also apply easily to the 003 model as they have the same specifications.

Advertised specifications: Guide Number: 38 m (100 ISO) You can easily increase the guide number if you need to by increasing the ISO. For, example, my D3100 gives good performance up to ISO 400, after which there appears consistent noise.
If the parameters of the exposure triangle are increase by one stop, the guide number increases by multiples of 1.414 (square root of 2); with the exception of shutter speed.
E.g., If ISO is increased from 100 to 200, the guide number increases to 38 x 1.414 = 54.
So how do you use guide Number?
Guide Number = FOD x Distance from the Subject. OR FOD = Guide Number / Distance from the subject.
Example, if your GN is 38 and distance from the subject is 4 metres, the f number for proper exposure should be 38/4 = 9.5.
If distance is 10 metres, then, FOD = 38/10 = 3.8.
You’ll have to open up your apertur…