Create Your Own Diffusion Panels For Under $30

Diffusion panels are some of the most useful and versatile pieces of equipment one can find in a product photographer’s toolbox. They offer more flexibility and control than softboxes, they come in many sizes, and they’re super easy to transport. Unfortunately, if you’re on a limited budget and find yourself needing a number of them, buying them at retail prices can be a bit over the top ($100 or more a pop!). Luckily, making them yourself can be both cheap and easy. Commercial photographer Tony Roslund shows us how in the video below:


The materials Roslund uses to create his diffusion panels are all easy to find and together cost somewhere between $20-$30:

Building the Panels


Build a simple frame and cover it with gaffer’s tape.

Roslund’s method for his DIY diffusion panels is pretty simple:

  1. Construct a frame with the canvas stretcher bars.
  2. Cut a piece of diffusion material to fit the frame.
  3. Wrap the frame in white gaffer’s tape to white out the wood. This will minimize unwanted reflections in your images.
  4. Apply double sided tape around the frame.
  5. Stick the diffusion material to the frame.
DIY Light Diffuser

DIY Diffusion Panel

That’s all there is to it. Use A-clamps to attach the panel to a grip arm, and you’re ready to start shooting.

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