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.
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.
It’s been a while that I (a landscape photographer) has heard the name Gary Fong, but that doesn’t mean that they’re sitting still. Gary Fong is known for their flash accessories and diffusers, like the very hackable Lightsphere. They have just recently announced the Gamma Diffuser for the Sony HVL-F43AM and HVL-F58AM flashes.
One of the biggest complains about the Gary Fong Lightsphere is that it spreads the light out in way too many directions and also therefore demands more power from your flash and ultimately kills the batteries faster. Upon trying a hack, I one day found a method that allowed me to make the light more directional but still very efficient.
Admittedly though, mine stays in a beauty dish most of the time. But if you still use your religiously, try this little hack.
The music in this video is from a band called Mancie, and you should really check them out.
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Okay, so I’m the newest writer here at The Phoblographer and I haven’t personally reviewed much gear other than my own but I do still have some favorite items in mind for you guys. I’m sure next year around this time I’ll have a ton of things to recommend but for now I have 3 items that are on my mind.
The Cardinal Rule of photography is that boredom leads to creativity. The other day while bored in my room, I started playing around with the Photogenic SB2432 softbox. It’s an awesome light modifier being 24 x 32″. Then I tried to figure out how I could get a speedlite in there for extra portability. After some very quick experimentation, the result is something delivers security to your flash and softbox while delivers some really amazing light output.