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    Default What Flash Diffuser (when you cant bounce)

    Hey folks,

    What flash diffusers do u use when the ceiling's too high to bounce or when u r outdoors n thus forced to use direct flash?

    I find omni-bounce not much better than direct flash... maybe worse in fact as it increases the flash recharge time.

    Example pics would be nice as well!

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    Default Re: What Flash Diffuser (when you cant bounce)

    What effect do you need? Catchlights? Or lighting?

    If all you need is lighting, then use direct flash.

    If you need a large catchlight in the eye, then try a large bounce card.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zac08 View Post
    What effect do you need? Catchlights? Or lighting?

    If all you need is lighting, then use direct flash.

    If you need a large catchlight in the eye, then try a large bounce card.
    Just lighting, but direct flash looks terrible, esp so when there's a nearby wall...

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    Quote Originally Posted by scenar View Post
    Just lighting, but direct flash looks terrible, esp so when there's a nearby wall...
    reduce the ev... if the wall is reflecting the light, then try using gobos to block the light from hitting that area.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zac08 View Post
    reduce the ev... if the wall is reflecting the light, then try using gobos to block the light from hitting that area.
    What's a gobo?

    I take it u r referring to reducing Flash exposure compensation (FEC) rather than reducing Exposure Value (EV). This helps somewhat, but is still undesirable as the quality of the light does not improve.

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    Default Re: What Flash Diffuser (when you cant bounce)

    IMO, using a large bounce card will reap the best results in such situations..
    DIY is cheap

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    Quote Originally Posted by scenar View Post
    What's a gobo?

    I take it u r referring to reducing Flash exposure compensation (FEC) rather than reducing Exposure Value (EV). This helps somewhat, but is still undesirable as the quality of the light does not improve.
    A gobo is a piece of equipment meant to block light from reaching a certain area, like a snoot or even a bounce card placed strategically.
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