On Camera Diffusers/Bouncers

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  1. hacksaw35

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    Hey all,

    I have been asked by a friend to go Vegas all expenses paid (yay!), to do some casual photography for his Wedding weekend. I have a D80 and an SB600. I don't want to carry around much equipment, and would like to purchase an on camera diffuser or bouncer and was wondering what to buy. By the way, I have a little homemade bouncer, but it looks unprofessional.

    Thanks for the help guys.

    Dan
     
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    Of course there is always the good old 15 cent stand-by that beats all the tupperware looking plastic. Checkout www.abetterbouncecard.com and then make your own. ;)

    IMHO better than paying $75 for tupperware... or if you REALLY want to use something that just makes your flash work harder and put light where your camera is NOT taking pictures, go to any hardware or grocery store and pay 3 bucks for a tupperware bowl, cut an "X" shape in the lid, slip it on and voila...70 dollars saved.
     
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    Johnboy2978 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Ditto to the idea of using "abetterbouncecard"
     
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    I always use the Lumiquest pocket bouncer when using flash. It not only spreads the light for a more pleasing shot, but it will also completely eliminate red eye. Yes, I did occasionally get red eye without it. The pocket bouncer is still pretty cheap, too, about $20, and it folds flat for easy storage.
     
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    I use a Demb Flip-It Pro...it's basically a large bounce card.
     
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    This is the best of these that I have tried and it's dyi too!
    http://super.nova.org/DPR/DIY01/

    The Demb would be my second choice- looks nicer but if you take your time you can make Chuck Gardener's look nice too.

    (hint: use clear nylon thread :))
     
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    I made one of those too. :) It would certainly work 'better' than most of the other accessories when not bouncing the flash.
    I haven't used it in a professional setting though, it's a bit too clumsy and 'home made looking'...but maybe I should get over it and just try it out.
     
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    A lot of people like the 'Fong Dong' because it doesn't really require you to think. Yes, it spreads the light all around the room...and if there are nice surfaces for the light to bounce off of, then you can get nice soft 'wrap around' lighting. If there aren't any surfaces to bounce off of, then the light is just sent away...wasted. Even when it is bouncing, a lot of it is wasted.
    When you waste light, it requires the flash to put out a lot more light, in order to get enough for your photo. This means that it takes longer to recycle the flash and you go through batteries faster.
    It can be a great tool in the right circumstance...but it's a poo choice for some other situations.
     
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    I thought that was ETTL? C'mon now, I don't see how using a GF product is any easier or harder than any other diffuser/bouncer/modifier commercially made or DIY.

    My personal favorite is a sheet of white hobby foam that I cut to the size and shape I want, and rubber band to my flash. If you really want to look like a pro use an index card.
     
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    One of the selling points of the Lightsphere is that it gives you the same (or similar) light, whether you have the camera/flash in vertical or horizontal position. That's why I like the Demb bounce card, it's made to go onto the side of the flash, rather than the back, so you can bounce up and deflect forward in either port or land, just by tilting the flash head.
    I guess I'm just bias when it comes to the LS...I've seen too many photographers using it poorly.

    I just had a look at the new Lumiquest Softbox III...as reviewed on Strobist. That looks interesting.
     

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