As a sports shooter I rarely use strobe. Just prefer ambient even indoors. But I have done a few outdoor portrait jobs for my sports customers and generally drag out the Lastolite soft boxes (18") and stands etc. It's a bit of a hassle especially in the cold weather. I do have a Gary Fong collapsible and have generally had good results from it. My question to all is.....do you always use the fong on camera ? Does anyone attach it to a light stand off camera ? How are the results ? This would save all the setup etc of the Lastolites on stands. Shooting with a single (or 2) Fongs on a light stand may simplify things a bit.
#2. "RE: Fong off camera" In response to Reply # 0
Mostly I keep my flash (with its "permanently attached" fong) on camera. That is because I am shooting Church events, Family events, Work events, and I don't have time to do setup.
However, the few times I have used it off camera, the "fong" just stayed on. For example, we just finished a Kitchen addition to our summer place, and access is via what used to be the outside door and an outside window. I placed the flash inside the room and shot through the door+window -- worked nicely, and the lighting bounced all over the place which gave a nice even lighting.
Not sure I would shoot off camera with just one flash as I have to do when doing the events noted above, so it stays on to prevent shadows -- but I love it for that too.
#3. "RE: Fong off camera" In response to Reply # 2
Lake Elmo, US
I tried it at an outdoor shoot yesterday and it's really pretty convenient. It allows me to move the lightstands pretty quickly without the clumsiness of having the Lastolites on them. Pretty nice results too.....and the customers did not know the difference.