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?
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.
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.
Gary in SE Michigan, USA. Nikonians membership - My most important photographic investment, after the camera. D4, D810, D300 (720nm IR conversion), D90, F6, FM3a (black), FM2n (chrome) YashicaMat 124, Graflex Speed Graphic 4x5 My Nikonians Gallery & Our Chapter Gallery
Sat 17-Aug-13 09:21 PM | edited Sat 17-Aug-13 09:25 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. You may want to read this article
Sat 17-Aug-13 11:57 PM | edited Sun 18-Aug-13 12:04 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?
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.