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Scott 
 

flash diffuser


Hi!

All of you have been so helpful in the recent past, I'm hoping that you can do it again!
In a few weeks the daughter of a close friend is getting married and they asked me to take some picts. There IS a pro photog doing the wedding, but our friends asked that I take picts that the photog won't take! but also include the same type he will take.
So my question is this - what type (brand) flash diffuser should I use for mostly indoor wedding type picts of the wedding and reception? Sto-Fen, The Shell,etc. I realize that the answer depends on the situation, but which is the best all around, general purpose?
I have a DRebel and a ProMaster 7500DX shoe mount flash.
ANY help/opinions will be appreciated.
Thanks
Scott


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7/29/2006 4:14:19 PM

 
Jason A. Woodcock   check out gary fongs cloud lightsphere 2 its a diffuser and bracket in one it seems to produce very nice warm light.
www.garyfong.com


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7/29/2006 6:25:28 PM

 
Stacy L. Robertson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/26/2006
  Not to be a cheapskate but I use the bottom cut out of an alcohol bottle for a diffuser on my vivitar tilt-head flash. I use it at every wedding and it produces nice soft but clear shots for me.


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7/29/2006 8:15:15 PM

 
Jason A. Woodcock   stacy can you give more info on how you use an alcohol bottle to diffuse flash and are there any samples of this in your gallery. an are you using a flash bracket? how much of the bottle do you use? how do you remove the lable?
thanks,
JAW


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7/29/2006 10:10:05 PM

 
Scott    Jason -

Thanks for the answer. It brings up another question- why did you suggest the cloud instead of clear? Wouldn't clear work over greater distances?

What do you guys think of Lumiquest system?

Thanks
Scott


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7/30/2006 10:59:07 AM

 
Stacy L. Robertson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/26/2006
  Scott...it's really easy to do. Just cut along the base of an ordinary rubbing alcohol bottle. Use as much length as you need to get it to stay on the flash. You can always trim it to fit. Then I lined the edges with electrical tape so the cut edge wouldn't snag on anything. Use a rubber band to hold it in place and Tada! You have an inexpensive flash diffuser. It doesn't look super beautiful but it gets the job done. I don't have any shots available to show you what it looks like. I will work on that one.


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7/30/2006 1:24:45 PM

 
Stacy L. Robertson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/26/2006
  To remove the label, just soak the whole bottle in hot soapy water. Peel the label off and use some lemon juice or orange cleaner to get the sticky stuff off. I use a flash bracket on about half of my shots, the other half are on the hot shoe.


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7/30/2006 1:27:50 PM

 
Mark Feldstein
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/17/2005
  Howdy Scott: Let me get this straight: They hired a pro, but want you as second string back-up to shoot what the pro doesn't? I think not. Unless you get the photographer's permission in advance, IMHO, I think you're going to experience some toe stepping and damaged feelings. Your friends don't get it. Leave your camera at home. Go enjoy the festivities.

Oh, and for a diffuser on my vivitar 285HV I shoot through a frosted tupperware container. Kinda like the alcohol bottle, but a bit larger. The diffuser doubles as a film transport container. :>)
Mark


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7/30/2006 8:12:20 PM

 
Scott    Mark -

You have a good point about "territory" and the pro photog! I'll have to give that some REAL thought. Thanks for the idea (warning...)
Scott


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7/31/2006 5:25:34 PM

 
W.    Cheapest and best for on-camera-external-flash light diffusion is a D-I-Y bounce card.

Here's a how-to video:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=RNCmuExlHvM


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10/1/2006 6:42:17 AM

 
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