wat's a bounce card guys ?
Lumiquest Pocket Bouncer
5x7" bounce card alone
5x7" bounce card + ceiling
The built-in bounce card on the flash alone
The built-in bounce card on the flash + ceiling
None, direct flash is so much better
None, don't use flash
wat's a bounce card guys ?
A bounce card is just a white card u place behind the flash when u tilt the flash head upwards. It helps catch some of the light shooting upwards to the ceiling in the forward direction to fill in the shadows caused by the downward illumination which is created by the aforementioned upwards flash pulse which bounced off the ceiling.
StoFen Omnibounce at 45, 60 or 90 degrees...
Have been using a 4" x 6" white card attached with rubber band on my Metz 402 since 1975 when I was doing photography in the area of wedding, exhibition and public relation.
Many a time fellow photographers at that time were surprised seeing me at the former World Trade Centre (Harbour Front) covering exhibition events photographing booths with the Metz 402 and the 4"x6" white card. The flash head was tilted 90 degree up with the card attached to it with rubberband. You wonder why? Imagine the height of the ceiling at the World Trade Centre. If I am not wrong, it could have been more than 40feet high!
Continue to use the same size card on the newer Metz 60CT-1 but with different colours (pink, yellow, blue and red). The bounced cards are all DIY and tight to the flash head with strong rubberband.
Today I am using the smaller Metz MZ-32 with a smaller 4"x 3" white card or printed coloured card with DLSR and found it to be just right for me. The card can be released from the tilted flash head and positioned at a higher angle for a softer bounce with my left hand.
Last edited by forward; 7th December 2005 at 12:52 PM.
...a rubber ball?
I'm using Lumiquest Softbox.
Last edited by lsisaxon; 5th February 2006 at 02:59 AM.
Use everything together!
Pull out built-in diffuser, mount Sto-Fen Omnibounce, then mount Lightsphere (+ inverted dome) on top of that, then stick a bounce-card behind it all. I'll call it the Stomnisphere!
Heck, I think I'm actually going to try that out to see how it goes. Cannot get good shot at least still can catch people's attention.
Wow.. how much light are you going to lose like that?Originally Posted by synapseman
Originally Posted by lualua
Haha ! Pal !
I'm not the only one whom pan the flash head to the back top ceiling corner for a bounce !
Well, joint this thread late...
When I first saw/tried omnibounce, I'm not impressed at all, it's reassembling the idea of a device called "Bulb Flash", it's good for small confined area, but the light will falls off very speedily... Not my cup of tea !
Guess what ?
I drill holes on the top of the omnibounce, to allow light to bounce off the ceiling for some addition light, but still retain the charater of "bulb flash" ! Ah haha... That's getting closer to what I want. But it's still not my fav. I do prefer to do a rear corner bounce whenever possible.
If I have my 54MZ4, I would do a ETTL bounce, and I do not need any compensation, the results turn out beautifully, and very often, if the ceiling height is not too high, and the room isn't that big, I'd do a complete back bounce with the top corner of the rear ceiling for group shots. It works almost 100%, and had never failed me once.
For portraiture, half body or head shot...
No choice, you need a flash system capable to be off from the camera hot shoe, in TTL mode or A mode, with the sensor (in A mode) placed on either the camera hotshoe or on a bracket just next to the camera (as close to the camera as possible), the flash will mount on an white umbrella, about 30 to 45 degree away from the axis of the camera, on the left (my personal habbit) and either a reflector or a fill flash place on the right, producing 2 to 3 stop less than my main flash from the umbrella.
Honestly many of the accesories were DIY, such as the DC 320V supply fed directly to my Minolta 320X flash, and the 3M extenssion between the sensor and the flash, I'm in electronics trade, and it's no big deal to me.... The only thing that I'd not yet extend is the Metz SCA3008A extension cable.
Honestly, I'd not tried any full body shot, as I felt, the power of 54MZ4 might not be adequate and I felt to squueze all the juice out from it for a full body shot. I could be wrong.... though
Had any one tried the 54MZ4 on such a rig ?
For Stofen Omnibounch users.. Have a question..
It says on the packaging that the flash should be used at 45deg angle whenever possible.. So my question is, if the ceiling is too high and not possible to bouch off the ceiling, and there are no walls on either side.. Should I still use 45deg flash angle or should I shoot straight?
Then I think you should shoot straight.Originally Posted by jeryltan
Somebody dig this up from Feb?
At Raffles City Atrium, somebody 5metres behind me used the stofen on his flash pointing straight up... I was shooting just with 70-200 at 800iso on monopod. I think he must have better and sharper images then me!
If you wanna to use something everybody uses/recommended/crazy about, at least learn to use it first la...
how about gary fong lightspere saw the website and all very impressed?