At a wedding, I've observed that the wedding photographer didn't use any diffuser on his flash for outdoor shots (e.g. stofen bounce, lightsphere etc). What he did is basically tilt the flash at an angle (say 60deg) & fixed a simple white card (width of the flash) to act as a deflector. I was wondering if this is common among photographers taking shots in an outdoor environment where there is no wall or ceiling to bounce?
And is this way of using flash effectiveness? Cos I was wondering if this could work, why then do people still have to spend money to buy e.g. lightsphere for shots outdoor?
Hope you can share your experiences with me. Thanks.