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chanrahan Silver Member  Baltimore, US  Nikonian since 31st May 2004 Tue 20-Nov-12 07:59 PM
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"Gary Fong Collapsable Lighsphere and Red Eye"



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.

Thanks,

Chris

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Reply message RE: Gary Fong Collapsable Lighsphere and Red Eye mklass Platinum Member As a semi-professional involved in all manner of photographic genres including portraiture, sports, commercial, and events coverage, Mick is always ready to help Nikonians by sharing his deep knowledge of photography and printing. Donor Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014
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Reply message RE: Gary Fong Collapsable Lighsphere and Red Eye chanrahan Silver Member
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     Reply message RE: Gary Fong Collapsable Lighsphere and Red Eye jrp Administrator JRP is one of the co-founders, has in-depth knowledge in various areas. Awarded for his contributions for the Resources
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          Reply message RE: Gary Fong Collapsable Lighsphere and Red Eye chanrahan Silver Member
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               Reply message RE: Gary Fong Collapsable Lighsphere and Red Eye mklass Platinum Member As a semi-professional involved in all manner of photographic genres including portraiture, sports, commercial, and events coverage, Mick is always ready to help Nikonians by sharing his deep knowledge of photography and printing. Donor Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014
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Reply message RE: Gary Fong Collapsable Lighsphere and Red Eye Arkayem Moderator Awarded for his high level skills in flash photography
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Reply message RE: Gary Fong Collapsable Lighsphere and Red Eye chanrahan Silver Member
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     Reply message RE: Gary Fong Collapsable Lighsphere and Red Eye Arkayem Moderator Awarded for his high level skills in flash photography
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mklass Platinum Member As a semi-professional involved in all manner of photographic genres including portraiture, sports, commercial, and events coverage, Mick is always ready to help Nikonians by sharing his deep knowledge of photography and printing. Donor Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014   Tacoma, US  Nikonian since 08th Dec 2006 Tue 20-Nov-12 10:19 PM
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Possibly, but only if you have your speedlight aimed directly at the subject and with no dome on the lightsphere.

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chanrahan Silver Member  Baltimore, US  Nikonian since 31st May 2004 Tue 20-Nov-12 11:52 PM
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Wed 21-Nov-12 03:53 AM by chanrahan


Most times I think I'll have it pointed straight up. I know that some light will be thrown forwards toward the subject, and I was wondering if that light would cause Red Eye to occur. If the light is softened, does that mean that it is less likely to cause Red Eye, even if it is on the same plane as the subject's eyes?

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jrp Administrator JRP is one of the co-founders, has in-depth knowledge in various areas. Awarded for his contributions for the Resources   San Pedro Garza García, MX  Charter Member Wed 21-Nov-12 02:56 AM
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I have never seen red eye on my subjects when shot with a Gary Fong flash diffuser straight up. And I shoot them often.

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chanrahan Silver Member  Baltimore, US  Nikonian since 31st May 2004 Wed 21-Nov-12 03:58 AM
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Hi JRP, and thanks for your reply. How well does the Lightsphere perform in a situation where the ceiling is too high to bounce the flash? Is the light thrown forward when the Lightsphere is pointed straight up enough to light the subject?

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mklass Platinum Member As a semi-professional involved in all manner of photographic genres including portraiture, sports, commercial, and events coverage, Mick is always ready to help Nikonians by sharing his deep knowledge of photography and printing. Donor Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014   Tacoma, US  Nikonian since 08th Dec 2006 Wed 21-Nov-12 11:19 AM
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Wed 21-Nov-12 11:21 AM by mklass


That is when you use one of the domes available for the LS (if you bought it new, it should have come with one, reversible dome). You still shouldn't have any problem with red-eye.

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Arkayem Moderator Awarded for his high level skills in flash photography   Richmond Hill, GA (Savannah), US  Charter Member Wed 21-Nov-12 01:24 PM
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>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.

Russ
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Russell MacDonald Photography
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chanrahan Silver Member  Baltimore, US  Nikonian since 31st May 2004 Thu 22-Nov-12 01:50 AM
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Hi Russ,

Thanks for your reply. One more follow-up question, if I may. How would I gel my flash when using the lightsphere in combination with my SB-800 and the SJ-1 gels from Nikon that correct for tungsten light? Does someone make gels designed to work with this configuration? The ones that Gary Fong makes appear to be colored gels, and not used for Tungsten correction.

Thanks as always,

Chris

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Arkayem Moderator Awarded for his high level skills in flash photography   Richmond Hill, GA (Savannah), US  Charter Member Thu 22-Nov-12 02:33 AM
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#8. "RE: Gary Fong Collapsable Lighsphere and Red Eye"
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>Hi Russ,
>
>Thanks for your reply. One more follow-up question, if I may.
> How would I gel my flash when using the lightsphere in
>combination with my SB-800 and the SJ-1 gels from Nikon that
>correct for tungsten light? Does someone make gels designed
>to work with this configuration? The ones that Gary Fong
>makes appear to be colored gels, and not used for Tungsten
>correction.
>
>Thanks as always,

I never gel'd my flash when using a Light Sphere, but I think that you could simply put the gel over the flash as usual and put the LS over it. The LS is totally neutral in color, so it should not affect the color of the gel.

Russ
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Russell MacDonald Photography
Nikon CLS Practical Guide

  

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