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    Default Is bounce card better than diffuser?

    hi, newbie question:
    just curious is it necessary to have a bounce card to attain better lighting than using diffuser? or they are of different purposes and should not be compared?

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    Depends on how far you are from the subject. Eitherway, go for the best you can afford.

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    Default Re: is bounce card better than diffuser?

    Quote Originally Posted by myyong
    hi, newbie question:
    just curious is it necessary to have a bounce card to attain better lighting than using diffuser? or they are of different purposes and should not be compared?
    what diffuser are you referring?
    different light modifiers has it own pros and cons, depend on your usage.
    different situation need different kind of light treatment, it make no sense for using omnibouce or bounce card to shoot a subject at 15ft away at a open area, (high ceiling, no ceiling or outdoor).
    so you need to know how they work, and use them accordingly.

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    If u really want a diffuser, go for the lightsphere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snoweagle
    If u really want a diffuser, go for the lightsphere.
    clear for cool colours, cloudy for warm colours

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    search the net regarding lightsphere......looks too good to be true! does it really works as advertised?

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    Quote Originally Posted by myyong
    search the net regarding lightsphere......looks too good to be true! does it really works as advertised?
    I have the clear one...it really works!
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    Quote Originally Posted by panzerpunk
    clear for cool colours, cloudy for warm colours
    Each type has also its own specific uses.
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    I found those lightsphere, softbox, bounce card etc accessories too expensive.... I tihink I would rather make my own DIY bounce card... Me cheapskate... :
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    Quote Originally Posted by Youhong View Post
    I found those lightsphere, softbox, bounce card etc accessories too expensive.... I tihink I would rather make my own DIY bounce card... Me cheapskate... :
    u r not cheapskate...u r smart!
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    i agree. i just buy a white plastic sheet from art friend for $3. i cut out a huge bounce card that is slightly larger than half an A4 paper.

    i use the bounce card with no ceiling whatsoever, outdoors or indoors. just aim at 60deg and shoot. works wonders

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    Quote Originally Posted by blazer_workz View Post
    u r not cheapskate...u r smart!
    Got the material... but dunno how to make... still put the materials on hold...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Youhong View Post
    Got the material... but dunno how to make... still put the materials on hold...
    roughly cut it like those you see and tape velco... anyway that $3 plastic from art friend is enough to make 4-6 depending on size.

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    Can always DIY a better bounce card..works quite well, at least i think it is.

    Here's the CS thread : http://forums.clubsnap.org/showthread.php?t=221527

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    I've seen someone using a DIY Lightsphere during the Soo Kee Fashion Show @ PS.
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    If you want a more durable DIY bounce card, just use those white PVC material. NUS SDE co-op has them in huge A1 or so sized sheets. $3.80 for one but i think can cut like dunno how many bounce cards from that man.

    Anyway, having used diffusers like the Omnibounce and LSPJ II as well as DIY bounce cards I'd have to say each is good for a certain purpose. The LSPJ II is basically useless outdoors, even with the dome. Firing through the dome directly is worse than using an omnibounce.

    Omnibounce is good for diffusing light at close distances (like in macro work). At longer distances, indoors, the LS is much better.

    DIY bounce card is of course the cheapest and most portable. It's also the most useful outdoors IMO. Just bend the card slightly forward over ur flash head (to reduce the amount of light being sent straight up) and whack ur ISO to 800 or 1600 and you'll be surprised how far the light is thrown even outdoors in pitch dark conditions. And it still looks better than using direct flash.

    Anyway, I'm tempted to try this one out soon: http://www.abetterbouncecard.com/ Only thing is I need to find the foamy material first..

    Just my $0.02.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Denosha View Post
    Anyway, I'm tempted to try this one out soon: http://www.abetterbouncecard.com/
    I fell asleep watching the video...

    It's hard to compare which is better... They have their own uses... Like comparing prime lens with zoom lens... See what you want.... To me, cheap means good... I'm a poor photographer...
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    Latest 'in-thing' is to merge diffuser or partial diffuser with partial bounce card.

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    Default Re: Is bounce card better than diffuser?

    no matter what light diffuser you use, if you don't know how to use it also useless
    different situation calls for different equipment

    sometimes just bounce the flash on the ceiling is better

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    Default Re: Is bounce card better than diffuser?

    Quote Originally Posted by ortega View Post
    no matter what light diffuser you use, if you don't know how to use it also useless
    different situation calls for different equipment

    sometimes just bounce the flash on the ceiling is better
    For me i think its most of the times..
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