Posted a while ago about my flash inexplicably jumping from ETTL to TTL in the middle of a shoot. After many fine comments and suggestions, we seemed to narrow it down to the weight of a Gary Fong Lightsphere messing with the contact between camera shoe & flash foot. Looks like, as much as I like what it does, I will be retiring the Lightsphere. Here's the question... Looking for recommendations, store-bought or home-brew for what people are using as diffusion for their flashes. I am an advanced amateur who likes event photography; parties, the occasional wedding, business meetings etc. Sometimes I even make a buck when I do it! I’ve used Luma-Quest bouncers & soft boxes, both hard & inflatable over the years. Looking forward to your responses. Thanks in advance…
Check this blog out: http://neilvn.com/tangents/index/flash-photography/and check the bounce flash section. He's really good with that.
For most indoor event, you can use bounce flash. If use effectively, it's really good. I never like the Lightsphere. It's just not soft enough. I'm alternating between bounce flash and softbox for wedding. I have assistance so using softbox is not a big problem but most of the time I stick with bounce flash.
Depends on what I'm trying to do and with how long a lens. If possible, I always try to bounce off a wall. If I'm doing closeups I like to just a big ole piece of white carboard that I attach to my flash with a hair tie - I always have a couple of my wifes tossed in my pack. I have a reflector that I cut out nicely that I keep in my pack, but in a pinch I've grabbed paper fliers or misc to make it work.
Neil's website is good, I used to visit it a lot when I was learning flash. But I'm a die hard Strobist fan. It focuses on off-camera lighting, but there's still plenty in there to learn. If you could lose a weekend reading Neil you could lose a year reading David Hobby. I suggest looking through lighting 101 and some of the on assignment stuff.
Jchafitz...it's a bit off topic but I'm not convinced that your trouble ties to the weight of the Gary Fong...One it's not that heavy compared to any other diffuser unless you'd just use the white card (that works very well too by itself). Two...small data point but I have used the Lightsphere for years on my 580EXII, never a single problem.
Thanks Tim Campbell, but I have already tried tightening the screws. Next Time I used the flash, same thing. Just finished documenting a two-day family reunion. Took about two hundred images with the flash mounted; turned on & off as needed. No Fong, all bounce, no problems. Like how the Fong softens faces up close, but don't like the unreliability.
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