So, I've ordered the Speedlite 580 EXII. What kind of diffuser should I get?

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  1. seenew macrumors 68000

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    I've heard a lot of good things about Gary Fong's diffusers, but I want to make sure I get a nice one that I can use for a variety of different shots. I'm completely new to using an external flash, so if anyone could guide me in the right direction, I'd be grateful.

    (PS: I'm shooting a friend's wedding in November, so keep that in mind, but like I said, I want something I can use in other situations, too)
     
  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Everyone will have an answer so I'll go with mine. Gary Fong's Lightsphere. Check it out.
     
  3. seenew thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Yeah, that's what I've been looking at.
     
  4. Westside guy macrumors 601

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    You might want to talk to the bride and find out if they want you using a flash at all. A lot of times people want the ceremony shot using only existing light because a flash is a big distraction - and a diffuser won't really change that.
     
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    I like my Gary Fong Lightsphere as well. Cloud colour for smaller areas and clear for bigger areas.
     
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    If you search Google or DPR, you can find instructions for making a diffuser from craft foam that's more directional and significantly cheaper than the cloudy Tupperware-ish stuff everyone recommends. You have the advantage of being able to control the shape/size for different crowds and how much it "cups" for places where you can't bounce off the ceiling. Even if you spend a lot of time to get it looking good and buy lots of Velcro for doing different ones, you'd be hard-pressed to spend more than about $15.
     
  7. seenew thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Oh, I've talked extensively with her, she even did me the huge favor of making a checklist of the 'must have' shots she wants, but really came to me because she wants a more personal approach than commercial. But yeah, I wouldn't use the flash during the ceremony, just for maybe in the limo or at the reception, and other times before and after.

    And thanks for the idea, compuwar.
     
  8. M@lew macrumors 68000

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    I've got a Sto-fen Omnibounce for my Speedlight. It probably doesn't soften the light as much as the Lightsphere though, so the Lightsphere is probably better for wedding portraits.
     
  9. glennp macrumors member

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    Peter Greggs' site will show you how to make one out of foam.

    http://www.abetterbouncecard.com/
     
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    Hey guys, I'm reviving this recent thread because I too am looking to get one of Gary Fong's Cloud Lightsphere diffusers.

    My problem is that on the GF web page, the Canon 430EX is listed as being a size P3/C in the large chart but then at the bottom it says that the P4/C4 size will fit the 430EX. Conflicting sizes!!

    Has anyone used a Canon 430EX flash with a Gary Fong Lightsphere diffuser? What size do you use?
     
  13. scamateur macrumors member

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    ever so slightly off-topic...

    Most wedding-reception photographers use a FLASH BRACKET, whether the diffuser is in use or not. A bracket will increase your "keeper" rate in the photos where flash is required.
     
  14. Butthead macrumors 6502

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    Other than moving the on camera light source a greater distance from the lens, how would this 'increase' keeper rates? Diffusion w or w/o bracket should get much better image quality, hench 'keepers'.
     

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