Flash Modifiers

Most of you who know me know that I try to avoid on camera flash. I actually try to avoid small camera flashes even off-camera. I don't like dealing with batteries, limited modifiers, limited light output, etc.

But there are times that I find I do need to work with a camera flash. So I purchased a couple of diffuser options to test out. One is the often berated Gary Fongdiffuser. The other is the newer Rogue FlashBender fromExpoImaging.

The tests were conducted using a Canon 5DmkII with a 50mm f/1.8 lens and a Canon 430EXII flash mounted in the camera's hot shoe. Camera settings were ISO 100, camera in Manual mode at 1/60 at f/1.8. White balance was set to Flash. Flash was in ettl mode at +1/3 stop. The camera is 28 inches from the mannequin and the background is white seamless paper 13 inches behind the mannequin head.

The room I was in is about 12x18 feet with an 8-foot ceiling. Walls and ceiling are painted white. All images are as they came out of the camera into Adobe Lightroom 4.1 with no additional processing.

The FlashBender I used is the Large Reflector along with the Large Diffusion Panel. The Gary Fong I used is the Lightsphere Collapsible with the dome attached (pointed out/convex).

I want to present the results without commentary so you can make your own conclusions. Feel free to note which ones you like in the comments.

Direct flash

Direct flash with bounce card under chin

Ceiling bounce

Ceiling bounce plus fill card under chin

Large FlashBender with diffusion panel

Large FlashBender with diffusion panel with fill card under chin

Gary Fong Lightsphere pointed up

Lightsphere pointed up with fill card under chin

Lightsphere pointed towards subject

Lightsphere pointed towards subject with fill card under chin

Lightsphere pointed towards subject

Lightsphere pointed towards subject with fill card on side

Lightsphere pointed up

Lightsphere pointed up with fill card on side

Large FlashBender with diffusion panel

Large FlashBender with diffusion panel with fill card on side

Direct Flash

Direct Flash with fill card on side