u have to sit down and consider though, the portability of these flash diffusers.LS is bulky and HARD to keep in a camera bag.a flash bounce card, no problems at all.
Option 1 : Dun Need LS. Just create a bounce card. What size also can.
Option 2 : If dun want to create, then buy the LS. But 430EX is weak in flash power and LS may absorb more light than usual making it even weaker.
Option 3 : Buy 580 EX. Got bounce card
Option 4 : Buy Mertz but Mertz also must create own bounce card for those that have no fill in flash type
for metz, my 45 cl(?)(cant rem exact model) has 2 flashes.
one big hammerhead for you to point upwards for bounce, another small one for fill flash to cover shadows in pretty faces.
i definitely believe my metz model has been discontinued and they def have better ones.
With rgds to your lighting problem, you have to understand
how light works in different environs..
So much has been said about all the diffusers available in the
Allow me to share a photo which was taken in a function room
with a high ceiling n showing a few tables n stage with speaker.
Shot with a 550ex with a bounce cardboard with rubberband on
a 10D with a 20-35non-L lens.
I guessed you sacrificed the highlight details to get the backgorund properly exposed?
To me every shot has to count n not waste my time being there at all right?
Been using the bounce card technique for about 2 decades now.
High ceilings never detered me.
Shot at 1st WTO meet in Singapore about a decade ago n got the shots
I wanted while others were lamenting about how bouncing cannot work
on high ceiling n such. The proof is in the pudding, its never about
the equipment you have but how u use them to your advantage
like everything else.
sacrificing foreground details for backround exposure.i notice most event pics are like that.
anyway, to the organisers, they dont really see the pics from a photography viewpoint right?as long as agaragar correctly exposed, alot of heads in the shots, background brightness acceptable can liao rite?
the problem with the secondary fill reflector is that the output ratio between the main and the secondary is fixed. when used together with the main reflector pointed up at the ceiling, and if the distance-to-subject is much closer than the distance-to-ceiling, most of the subject's illumination comes from the secondary instead of the bounce - not very much different from straight-on flash.
bounce card is still more effective in most circumstances compared to using the secondary. at least, that usually holds true for my 54-series.
anyway this flash of mine has been 'da ru leng gong'(gone into exile) as it's very bulky and heavy for a gal to use it.
prefer my sb800 nowadays.
sorry for offtopic TS.