Bance cards

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  1. D40

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    Those two things have a major difference. The 'better bounce card' (or any simple bounce card) is used when you are bouncing most of the light off of something like a ceiling or wall etc. The card just directs some of the light forward.

    That particular lumiquest product just directs the light forward with no bouncing off of the wall or ceiling. It is an improvement over direct flash because it enlarges the light source, thereby softening it, and gets the light source a bit farther from the lens axis. This would be good for when you can't or don't want to bounce off the wall or ceiling etc.
     
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    A bance card... is that a Cockney bounce card?

    " 'ang abaht, where's me baaance card? "

    :lol: sorry...
     
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    Thanks Mike, learn something every day:) So for Portrait work which would be a better choice?
     
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    Garbz No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    In the afternoon is it better to eat an apple or an orange.

    Both give different effects. I've used both. One creates a very hard but powerful light (yet softer than blasting the subject with direct light).
    The other gives a very soft light but still keys the subject a bit with the exception that you need something to bounce off.

    Ultimately which one is better for portraits? Some would say the softer "better bounce card" firing off a wall or a ceiling which produces very soft photos like this one here: http://farm1.static.flickr.com/215/483807189_65bdc080d7.jpg

    That said DeepSpring has this week again proven that harsh direct lights make for some excellent portraits: http://www.thephotoforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=91989
     
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    In the Betterbounc card site they say something about a rubberband. It is a special wide rubberband that allows him to roll it down and put in the card and I was wandering if anyone knows of any local place that might have one? Or is there anything similar to use? I tried a regular rubberband but it is very contankerous(SP):)
     

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