What Flash Diffuser (when you cant bounce)


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scenar

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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!
 

zac08

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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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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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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.
 

scenar

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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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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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