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Jan 14, 2014 21:33 |  #1

Anyone have examples using the wide angle dome diffuser? I'd specifically like to know how well it might work for a super wide shot of an architectural interior. Does it throw 360 degrees evenly? Other examples or uses might be nice to see too.




  
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Jan 14, 2014 21:40 |  #2

I've tested it a bit. Its still a small light source for an interior shot. i.e. there will be edges on the shadows.

If I need to light a whole room I tend to bounce the light into a corner where two walls and the ceiling meet. Move the light farther from the wall for more diffusion. If you go to the architectural page on my website you'll find galleries from projects where the light added was speedlites bounced into walls. Hawthorn, Bank, Shadow Pond all have some shot that way. Probably the others too. :-)


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Jan 14, 2014 22:22 |  #3

Thanks David, always nice to see your architectural work. The shadows would be a concern, especially in smaller retail or restaurant spaces. I was thinking about bouncing one or two straight up if I have a suitable ceiling, possibly saving time in repositioning lights for different shots. Big open interiors might be better to try it though. Was thinking other applications that might work are faking sunlight outside a window or illuminating the interior when shooting the exterior. Small enough investment I suppose, so I may just buy and try.




  
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Jan 14, 2014 22:56 as a reply to  @ CAPhotog's post |  #4

I was a little disappointed with the purchase. Like David said, it does cast some stronger shadows that what I had expected. But it's pretty cheap to try out like you said.


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Jan 14, 2014 23:58 |  #5

It works great as a hair or ambient light source, but not great for main. I bought a few and removed the mount ring and used them for other things.


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Jan 15, 2014 01:09 |  #6

Thanks all. I won't expect too much, but will see if I can put it to good use.




  
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Jan 15, 2014 09:25 |  #7

Here's a quick example of the Mushroom at work this morning. As seen in the photo, the Mushroom was on a CL-360 placed near the corner of the room and elevated to within approximately one foot of the ceiling. The lamp and table are close to the diagonally opposite corner of the room:

IMAGE: http://f.cl.ly/items/3A363N231U0B0B0D1R1t/Mushroom_Test.jpg

As you can see, shadows are clearly defined. Now, here's the test repeated with the light in the same position but using the umbrella reflector and no reflector at all:

IMAGE: http://f.cl.ly/items/0E1u3H1z3q47321F2Q1d/Mushroom_Test_2.jpg

Of these three options, I think the umbrella reflector would be the best choice for overall room lighting.



  
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Jan 15, 2014 22:09 |  #8

Yep, umbrella reflector makes better looking shadows.

I would have aimed the mushroom into the corner with the light just about where it is for Dave's test.

Scott mentioned two other good applications.


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