There have been lots of variations of the Gary Fong Lightsphere before, but the latest is called the Kobra and it’s taking the cake. The new light modifier is pledging to be a game changing light modifier–or at least that’s what they told us in an email. It’s essentially an on-camera flash cobra head shaped light modifier that more or less does exactly what the Gary Fong Lightsphere (and Chinese food tupperware) has done for years. To fund this project, they’re asking for $125,000; which comes out to 1/8th of a million dollars.
We have talked about cameras, lenses, and lighting so far in our recent posts about party and event photography – and today we take it another step towards you filling out your kit by talking about lighting modifiers for your on-camera flash. As much as off-camera flash is preached in the industry these days, during a dark party/event environment an on-camera flash with a good modifier is essential for quality and well-lit results.
So are you ready for some killer on camera lighting recommendations? Great, let’s jump into it… Continue reading…
Call it a useless tool all you want–the fact still is though that the Gary Fong Lightsphere is still an incredibly popular item with photographers. I’d still use one if my work required it! Giving what is essentially a bare bulb/ambient front lighting effect, it’s incredibly versatile. However, what most people don’t get is that you’re not always supposed to just point the thing forward towards your subject with the diffusion cap on. Instead, you’re supposed to position it different ways in different situations.
To help you out, Gary did a video a couple of years back on how to use it. That video is after the jump.
While lots of the pro photographers teaching workshops may tell you to take the flash out of the hot shoe, it’s a necessity for many photographers who shoot weddings, photojournalism, and events. For these photographers, it’s pretty much the only option that is also the most convenient that allows them to focus on shooting. Bare flashes as they are aren’t the most effective, and the best thing to do is to modify the light output a bit to give you better images to deliver to your clients.
If you’re stuck leaving your flash in the hot shoe, then consider these flash modifiers.
There are lots of cool things that you can do with off-camera lighting that can give you better photos or help you get your creative vision across much better when natural light isn’t available. It can also be very fun to do if you’re willing to experiment. We’ve rounded up a number of hacks that you can do with a hot shoe flash and that can be done in the convenience of your own home with stuff you most likely own or can create in the span of a weekend.
Give these a try and let your creativity run this weekend.
If you’ve ever used Gary Fong’s products, you’ll know that his lightsphere actually works quite interestingly once you actually use it correctly. This past week, Gary introduced an update to his Puffer–which we previously reviewed and didn’t like so much. The new version is called the Puffer Plus, and it can come with a warming filter, i.e. a warm toned piece of plastic. The problem is that we’re not exactly sure how the Puffer Plus is different than the original Puffer except for some design differences on the side which wouldn’t really affect your flash.
The Puffer Plus will go for $26.95; while the warming filter will cost you an extra $10.75 when they ship on October 18th. If you don’t want to shell out the money, you can learn how to meter correctly in the first place.
Demo video is after the jump.
Lighting intimidates every person getting into photography. It is a whole other skill to be learned but once you get into it, it can become addicting because of all the creative possibilities you open yourself up to. Relying on natural light can be great if you can get the right light. But as artists, we can always create our own. And to shape the light to get exactly the look that we want, we need modifiers. It is best to imagine light as a stream coming out of a hose. If you change the shape of the head and the direction, the stream itself also changes accordingly.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at a bunch of light modifiers we recommend. For more, we recommend that you check out the Lighting Section of our Reviews Index.
The Gary Fong Lightsphere is either the bread and butter of a photographer or the bane of their existence depending on whom you talk to and how long the person has been in the industry. That’s why we’re expecting lots of mixed reactions about the latest additions to the system.