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Aug 17, 2015 16:57 |  #7366

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Are you guys using a diffuser on your flashes or not? I'm just using the flip-out plastic diffuser that's built into my flash and then bouncing off the ceiling at around a 60 degree angle. I'm thinking about picking up a Sto-fen to fit on the flash and use it full time. I used to use the Gary Fong Lightsphere full time and liked the results, but haven't used for a while.
Think the Stofen will diffuse the light enough to soften the shadows inside and still provide good bounced lighting?

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If you bounce it you don't need a diffuser - it will only rob you of light. Bouncing is the key to avoiding harsh shadows. I have very mixed thoughts on the sto-fen. It turns your flash into a bare bulb which can be effective with small rooms and low ceilings. It does NOT soften light otherwise because it doesn't change the size of the light source in relationship to the subject. Only an umbrella/soft box or bouncing from a wall or ceiling can do that. And most rooms aren't big enough to put an umbrella where you want it and keep it out of the shot.


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Aug 17, 2015 17:34 |  #7367

rgs wrote in post #17672756 (external link)
If you bounce it you don't need a diffuser - it will only rob you of light. Bouncing is the key to avoiding harsh shadows. I have very mixed thoughts on the sto-fen. It turns your flash into a bare bulb which can be effective with small rooms and low ceilings. It does NOT soften light otherwise because it doesn't change the size of the light source in relationship to the subject. Only an umbrella/soft box or bouncing from a wall or ceiling can do that. And most rooms aren't big enough to put an umbrella where you want it and keep it out of the shot.

True, but I deal with a lot of fans and hanging fixtures down here in FL, so any ceiling bouncing is going to have some harsh shadows from the fans etc. I think a diffuser would soften the shadows. I also have a corded flash connector that I'm thinking of holding the flash up higher closer to the ceiling at an angle to minimize the shadows.


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Aug 17, 2015 17:36 |  #7368

tytlyf wrote in post #17672810 (external link)
True, but I deal with a lot of fans and hanging fixtures down here in FL, so any ceiling bouncing is going to have some harsh shadows from the fans etc. I think a diffuser would soften the shadows. I also have a corded flash connector that I'm thinking of holding the flash up higher closer to the ceiling at an angle to minimize the shadows.

I had one just like that last week. First bounce off the ceiling made bad shadows from the fan. Second bounce from a wall solved it. A sto-fen would not have fixed it at all.


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Aug 19, 2015 03:28 |  #7369

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Aug 19, 2015 09:18 |  #7370

Nice shot! Man I need a tilt-shift.

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Aug 19, 2015 12:18 |  #7371

Here's a new light painting before and after of a beautiful home in Las Vegas. This house definitely benefited with the lighting painting technique to be able to show off the full extent of the houses backyard beauty, pool, spa, pool tiling, grill and simultaneously allowing you to appreciated the exterior & interior views.

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Aug 25, 2015 10:00 |  #7372

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Aug 25, 2015 10:07 as a reply to  @ ESMcBlurM3's post |  #7373

Nicely done


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Aug 25, 2015 10:15 as a reply to  @ digirebelva's post |  #7374

thanks!


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Aug 25, 2015 13:26 as a reply to  @ ESMcBlurM3's post |  #7375

I like the lighting on those. Just some things I notice about the 2 photos. The top one I would have lowered the camera a foot or so and possibly turned the camera slightly to the left to include more of the tub/faucet. And the bottom shot it looks like the verticals are off. Just my opinion.


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Aug 25, 2015 14:05 |  #7376

Here are a couple from a house I shot yesterday. These are HDR - using the LR merge tool - with a slight change in routine. I did an initial white balance for each set of brackets BEFORE merging. That seems to have made fewer odd colors to be dealt with in post.


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Aug 25, 2015 14:06 |  #7377

Two more.


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Aug 25, 2015 17:54 |  #7379

rgs wrote in post #17682588 (external link)
I did an initial white balance for each set of brackets BEFORE merging. That seems to have made fewer odd colors to be dealt with in post.

I pick one image, adjust the highlights and WB and sync it with the rest of the group before I stack them.


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Aug 25, 2015 17:57 |  #7380

digirebelva wrote in post #17682887 (external link)
I pick one image, adjust the highlights and WB and sync it with the rest of the group before I stack them.

Exactly what I did. Does it seem to you to handle the color variations better? I'm thinking LR is having to merge less conflicting information that way.


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