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Lumiquest bouncer AND stofen omni?

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Mar 10, 2010 05:52 |  #1

My first post here, hello everyone. :)

I have a lumiquest pocket bouncer and a stofen omni bounce which I have been using together for portraits.

My thinking is that enough light will hit the lumiquest (used with the silver relector for specular highlights indoors and with gold relector for warm skin tones outdoors), and the stofen will help throw some more light to the sides of the subject.

Is there anything wrong with doing that? Does anyone else do the same?


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Mar 10, 2010 06:17 |  #2

I don't like direct flash - for Portraits I suggest using large modifiers and taking your flash off camera.

A Sto-Fen outdoors is just direct flash (wait, it's even worse than direct flash because it wastes more power)

A Sto-Fen does not throw more light to the sides of the subject when used outdoors. If you want to increase the spread of the flash beam (not sure why you would want to as the standard spread is more than enough for a 24mm lens, and portraits <24mm can be a bit strange) you can just use in built in wide panel diffuser.

A lumiquest offers negligble softness over a bare flash

I suggest a Softbox, Umbrella and/or use natural light

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Mar 10, 2010 06:23 |  #3

You are just wasting flash power using the stofen and the lumiquest and gaining no benefit. There is no reason to use a stofen outdoors, ever. The stofen is designed to bounce light off nearby surfaces like white ceilings and walls. Outdoors there is nothing to bounce off of. The lumiquest does the same thing except it provides the bounce surface making it more efficient and versatile. If you are doing this for softness purposes, dont. The softness of light is determined by the apparent size of the light compared to the subject and distance. The addition of the stofen to the lumiquest does nothing to make the apparent size of the light any larger and it probably costs you 2 stops of power. You might have power to burn with the right flash and ISO, but you eat batteries a lot faster regardless.

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Mar 10, 2010 09:05 |  #4

For portraits with a flash I generally bounce the flash off a white foamcore reflector or two. I might use a white 3x5 card to throw a little forward. I don't see how the expensive bounce products would help much.

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