>Hello, > >I've just purchased a Gary Fong Collapsable Lightsphere and >I'm wondering if I will need to raise it up off of the camera >via a flash bracket in order to avoid issues with Red Eye.
I never used the collapsable one, but I shot hundreds of weddings using the regular Fong Light Sphere. It is a great device! 95% of the time, keep it pointed straight up with the inverted dome installed and shoot in regular TTL. It will send enough light forward for normal exposures out to about 25 feet. Then, the bounced light fills in the rest of the image with soft wrapping light giving almost studio quality. Make sure to keep the shutter high enough to eliminate the ambient on the subject - I usually used 1/80th to 1/160th shutter.
The only time I got any significant red eye was when using a telephoto of 100mm or more. Then, you have to get the flash up higher above the camera to stop it, or simply fix it in post processing like I did.