View Full Version : What flash modifiers do you use?

06-08-2006, 12:33 PM
Anyone use domes, reflectors, softboxes, or anything else attached, bolted, or duct taped to their on camera flashes? I loved the Nikon Diffusion Dome when I shot with the SB-800... wish Canon included one of those.

06-08-2006, 12:53 PM
I used facial tissue as a diffuser (Is that right?) once.... does that count??

06-08-2006, 01:16 PM

I have a Lightsphere II that I use on rare occaisions. While it works pretty well, its sooo big.

06-08-2006, 01:25 PM
I have to figure out how my flash works before I start manipulating it!!!

06-08-2006, 01:47 PM
I had to google what Lightsphere II was!!! That's pretty cool!!!! Thats the idea behind using the tissue, less harsh light......

06-08-2006, 01:52 PM
I currently use a dome on one 580ex, and a 80/20 with diffusing panels on the other...

06-08-2006, 02:45 PM
this is the speed dome?


If you're looking for something similar to that for your 580ex there's always the Stofen Omnibounce:

I currently have one for my 420ex (came with it) and i'm looking to get one for my 550ex.

06-20-2006, 09:18 PM
I also use the Lightsphere II, it works pretty well. Other than that I don't use anything. I just bounce the light where I want it.

06-21-2006, 09:15 AM
I'm planning on getting a lumiquest soft screen for my built in flash.. everytime i go to one of the photo shops they are out of them :dunno

06-21-2006, 10:13 AM
Did you try Stuyvesant Photo at Stuyvesant Plaza? I just picked up a Giotto Rocket Blower their yesterday.

06-21-2006, 11:13 AM
i have the Stofen Omnibounce for my 420ex and also a transparent umbrella.

also check this out:

I have that as well but haven't had a chance to use it. I was going to just put the colored sheets in the Omnibounce

06-23-2006, 01:51 AM
I'm planning on getting a lumiquest soft screen for my built in flash.. everytime i go to one of the photo shops they are out of them :dunno

I actually got that at Ritz in Crossgates. It was around $12.00 and it really does make a big difference in the built in flash.

06-23-2006, 07:02 AM
Did you try Stuyvesant Photo at Stuyvesant Plaza? I just picked up a Giotto Rocket Blower their yesterday.
Yeah thats where me and lisa went. I picked up the 430ex but they just ran out of the lumiquest soft screen for the built in flash. They are a great people to deal with and answered all my newbie questions. i just ordered the white one like JustinL pointed out. Ok i have one question what are the different color omnibouncers for?

06-23-2006, 08:29 AM
All lighting has different colors... so the different color reflectors are for use with different lighting... they also can add warming or cooling effects to the shot.

06-23-2006, 09:09 AM
I just got the 580EX. I have the most trouble with it on closer shots, I tend to blow everything out. I understand the catchlight panel. The other little pull down thing is a wide panel? Isn't that a diffuser too? How can it make the light wider without diffusing it? I guess I need one of the kind that snaps over the end. It is very confusing. It makes me want to go back to the lumiquest thing sometimes.

06-23-2006, 09:15 AM
The built in diffuser works ok.. but it doesnt replace getting either a dome or a Lumiquest 80/20 panel... when I am shooting people (or something) indoors I use my 80/20 almost religiously... it allows for 80% of the light to be angled up and 20% forward... and has diffusers and soft and hot panels for inside of it...

AgandAu do you normally aim the flash direct or do you bounce? The best thing to do is if you are using the 580ex indoors and your ceilings are under 11ft in height you can aim upwards (direct up for close, or angled for further distance) and get more natural light effects without it getting a hot spot...

06-23-2006, 09:21 AM
I do pretty well with the bouncing, but outdoors when I try to use it for fill I blow everything out......I like to be close. I have never heard of an 80/20 panel, I will have to check that out. Is the 80% that is angled up functioning as bounce?

06-23-2006, 09:27 AM
Here is a picture of the 80/20...



06-23-2006, 09:44 AM
It doesn't look too expensive, that one good thing. Doesn't it seems wrong that when spend 400.00 on a flash and to get it to work the way you want it to you have to put velco on it and stick a piece of plastic to it? I didn't get enough sleep last night, I seem kind of cranky! I appreciate your input. It really looks like it will help just what I need indoors.

06-23-2006, 09:49 AM
LOL its ok... I was up most of the night at work... so I understand being tired...

07-16-2006, 10:51 AM
I want to mention the Gary Fong light sphere II in two flavors, clear and cloudy for a warmer shadowless color balance. The only thing about it is it's big odd shape which you can collapse and put in your bag. It's not ideal but gives great shadowless lighting. Also comes in around $49.00 dollars, quite a bit more than stofens and is gawky looking.

07-16-2006, 10:52 AM
there is a guy on Photocamel who shows how to make of the light sphere from a chinese soup cantainer and shows examples of how it works.

07-16-2006, 11:11 AM
Roughly about 2 1/2 years to 3 years ago, Gary Fong came to D.C. and did a workshop on his light sphere made up of materials that cost less than eight bucks from the home Depot. I made a light sphere for my Canon 550 flash, experimented with it, put it in a paper bag and took it to Dallas, Texas , where I shot a complete weddding with it and it workd great. It was funny looking and generated a lot of controversy and since then , he designed the light sphere II which works on the samekinda difuse principles.