Instructions for installing and using the Flip-it! and the Flash Diffuser
These instructions apply to all sizes of Flip-it!s and Diffusers. Be sure to read about how to adjust the reflector panel.
Instructions for any Flip-it! or Diffuser product may be printed out here.
Attaching the Reflector Panel
The back of every Big and Mega-size reflector panel has a piece of Velcro loop, which matches the Velcro hook on the attachment base. Press firmly when attaching.
Attaching the Flip-it! to the flash
With your left hand, center the reflector panel on the side (short dimension) of your flash for use without a bracket or on the back (long dimension), for use with a camera bracket. Grasp the front of the loop and slip it onto the front of the flash. To remove it, simply slip the front up.
Mounting the Flip-it! on Either Side of Your Flash:
The Flip-it! and Diffuser may be mounted on either the long side or short side of your flash.
Changing the Angle of the Reflector Panel:
When changing the angle, put your thumb on the mounting plate rather than the reflector panel.
Direct flash or ceiling bounce:
The reflector flips back for direct flash or ceiling bounce.
DIFFUSER: Attaching the Clear Panel:
Center the clear panel on the side opposite the Flip-it! with your right hand. Wrap the ends around. Press with thumb and finger on areas shown by the red dots.
DIFFUSER: Changing the Angle of the Clear Panel
Peel one side off. Change the angle. Stick it back down.
Folds flat for storage
Understanding How the Reflector Panel Works:
The lighting from the rear panel changes as you use different angles. Slightly back of vertical gives the softest light and least shadows. 45° forward gives maximum bounce power when you need it. In-between positions let you fine tune the light as you need.
DIFFUSER: Understanding How the Clear Panel Works:
The diffuser can be set forward for close-ups anywhere or medium shots in a room with a ceiling. It can be set vertically for medium shots in a high-ceiling room or outdoors. Hooding the flash is the most powerful setting.
General Procedure Suggestion
In all photography situations, both indoors and outside, start with the least powerful setting (reflector all the way back). Add power with the reflector only as needed.
DIFFUSER: Putting It All Together
New users should practice using each part separately before putting the two together. You may find that using one element or the other alone is your best solution to many lighting situations.
Normally photographers set the clear panel in a slightly forward position and change the angle of the Flip-it! reflector according to the softness and power needed. If maximum bounce power is required for special shots, like wedding processionals in large spaces, the clear panel is taken off and reattached afterwards.