Which speedlight modifier do you use?
I'm looking at buying a light modifier for my Yongnuo YN-568EX flash with the aim being to bounce the greatest portion of light off a wall and/or ceiling indoors to get some soft, sculptured form on faces. I will be using the flash mounting on top my camera and don't want to be fiddling about with any other accessory for quick family snapshots other than a warming filter.
I'm currently leaning towards the ExpoImaging Rogue FlashBender (Large) Positionable Reflector with the Diffusion Panel. The only downside I see in this setup is difficulty in achieving round highlights in the eyes (like a ring flash or a circular, mini softbox would achieve).
I've looked at Sto-Fen diffusers, Gary Fong's Tupperware products and some others, but I keep coming back to the Rogue FlashBender as being the best compromise. At this stage, the only other product that I think warrants further consideration for its versatility is the Spinlight 360 EXTREME Modular System.
I've not tested any of these products and so I'd love to learn from your experience ... which flash light modifier do you use and why?
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mklass Nikonian since 08th Dec 2006Sat 17-Aug-13 02:11 PM
I find the Gary Fong Lightsphere to be the best at soft, diffuse light while using the room to bounce the flash.
The Flashbender or softboxes are more directional: bounce with minimal direct light, or direct light with minimal bounce. I do use speedligh mounted Lumiquest soft boxes when I want soft direct light. Honl products are also good.
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gpoole Nikonian since 14th Feb 2004Sat 17-Aug-13 02:15 PM
Mostly Gary Fong Lightsphere with the inverted dome. With this I do not depend on wall or ceiling bounce. Occasionally I use a Rogue Flash Bender.
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jrp Charter MemberSat 17-Aug-13 11:21 PM | edited Sat 17-Aug-13 11:25 PM by jrp
Gary Fong Lightsphere (I like best the Universal model).
No other flash light modifier diffuses and softens the light like this.
As mentioned above, it uses the whole room to diffuse the light.
Others just send the light in another direction (bounce) rather than straight into the subject.
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Beachthongs Registered since 08th Mar 2013Sun 18-Aug-13 01:57 AM | edited Sun 18-Aug-13 02:04 AM by Beachthongs
Interesting. I'm going to have another look at Gary Fong's Lightsphere. I would of thought that a device like the large Rogue Flashbender with diffusion panel had a slightly larger surface area for light to bounce off.
I'm sure Gary Fong's Lightsphere will work well in a small room but what about outdoors where there are no ceilings or walls to bounce light off?
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mklass Nikonian since 08th Dec 2006Sun 18-Aug-13 03:48 AM
>I'm sure Gary Fong's Lightsphere will work well in a small
>room but what about outdoors where there are no ceilings or
>walls to bounce light off?
If you look at the Fong website, you will see some examples of how to use the Lightsphere in large halls, rooms with high ceilings, or outdoors. With a few accessories, it is pretty flexible.
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#5. "RE: Which speedlight modifier do you use?" | In response to Reply # 0
I researched quite a few of these. I decided with ceilings being either too high, or sometimes quite dark, I'd try out the HONL products including the speed snoot and especially the traveller8. It's a little bit more fiddly than the tupperware for family snaps, but I'm very happy with the round catchlight results and even spread of light. Both fold flat for very easy portability. The flash recycle time is super fast as it's not blasting all around the room.