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Discussion in 'Sony Alpha E-Mount Cameras' started by Bonaprof, Mar 20, 2015.
Which flash defusers have you found to work best with the Sony HVLF43M?
I use lots of flash diffusers (but not with HVLF43M). They are cheap so no need not to have many.
For light stand use umbrellas work fine. I like the diffused reflective one best.
As the previous is too long to carry in shoulder bag I have Godox 60cm*60cm foldable softbox:
Lambency ones are great for interior lightning:
The soft covers are great when travelling:
Foldable small softboxes are great for on camera work:
Besides these I use a reflector made from 3mm acrylic sheet bend to a spoon shape. Takes very little space, are easy to make and very cheap to make. It seems that no one makes big foldable ones.
I stumbled to a new one, strobella:
Making a small light source big requires size.
The links provided, including the strobella, very in size from not much bigger than the speedlite to quite large.
The small ones are mostly a waste of money. The larger, especially the umbrella soft boxes like the Godox example are useful modifiers for speedlites. I use them often.
I bought one of these....
Quite large (31cm), very easy to pack, unpack, 2 seconds to fit/unfit on speedlight. When packed it fits in your pocket. Pretty ugly of course but then they mostly are.
Here is a link to the "original" version.
I have two of them. They are quite useful for three reasons;
A) they are relatively large
B) they are compact
C) they are light
Lambency units are very useful while small. They don't make the light source larger but they make the source omnidirectional. That means that lots of light will bounce out of walls and ceiling. Bad point is that they will take lots of light.
To me anything you put on your flash it does not really help... Especially if your subject is three meters away or more just use a bare flash..since modifiers of this size make no difference.
For me be the bestis to be able to take your flash out of your camera axis at an angle.. or bounce the flash in a surface that would give that direction to your light.
Do not die with modifiers.. just buy one and try to see what it does.. The more modifiers you buy the less brain you have about creativity
They are useful in certain situations. Too often they are misused by pointing the head toward the subject.
As noted, by making the speedlite a bare bulb unit its much less efficient. I my view, bouncing off a wall is better since it creates a large source and also makes the light directional.
True but if the subject is further away from the camera however big the flash modifier is gonna be (I am talking about the modifiers that attach on flash) it would be still a point light source.
I think that lambency units are ok if used for interior photography if you just use a single unit. With people using a lambency for general lightning and second unit to light the subject is much better option. Lambency units take lot light. 2 speedlites with gn of 50 is about minimum for a space larger than a large living room.
Ceiling and walls have one great disadvantage and that is you can't move then around. Something like 30 degree lightning angle demands quite a long shooting distance. I wonder where all the dual head flashes have gone? They were quite handy in the old days.
No. If your on flash diffuser is 25cm*25cm and subject is 2 meters away it isn't a point source anymore. It will reduce shadows away almost completely. Light will be of course uneven and direction of light is not very good as it on same axle as lens.
That is what I wrote above that distances over 3 meters all these modifiers are going back to light sources
Relative size is one basic principle in all flash/modifier use
Not so specific on diffusers but really great and informative