There are some lighting modifiers that we really like, and then there are others that often blow us away and that we never want to send back. These modifiers often combine versatility, a specific look that’s done perfectly, and ease of use. But of course, they also just need to work very well.
When I heard about the MagMod, it piqued my interest. Originally announced on Kickstarter, the project is already well past it’s goal on Kickstarter and rightfully so. The Magmod is a magnetic flash modifier which eliminates velcro, straps and adhesives. The Modifiers are made from a single piece of silicone rubber and it’s one size fits all. They say it works with anything from the Nikon SB600 or an old Sunpack Auto30DX to the the Canon 600EX and Nikon SB900. The MagMod comes with a modular flexible honeycomb grid and a MagGel kit.
Not long ago, Profoto teased new light modifiers on their blog. And today, they’re announcing their new RFi softboxes. RF stands for recessed front while the “i” stands for improved; and the overall design of the boxes is designed to send the light forward vs to the sides. Lighting specialists call this directional quality; and if used right way, it sounds like these could potentially mimic the look of a real parabolic umbrella that allows you to adjust the light throw. Softboxes are already very directional and make very efficient use of light; so it will be interesting to see just how much more Profoto can hack the laws of physics. The softboxes can come with a soft strip, flat front diffuser, or soft grid. Another new addition is the fact that the speedrings are color coded for easier use and organization in the studio.
Lastly, every unit is hand-sewn. More information is after the jump.
If you’re a hot-shoe flash user, chances are that you already own the Rogue Flash Benders. In my opinion, they’re one of the best modifiers around due to their flexibility and versatility. Photojojo, aka the site/shop of all things cool and awesome in the photo world, are announcing that they’re selling the benders in their store tomorrow with the diffusion panel and as always, they’ve gone the extra step to show some demonstrations in their really cool and a bit hipsterish ways.
Make no mistake though, the benders aren’t hipsterish. Though I admittedly don’t use them as often as I used to, I swear by the large bender. They’re excellent for event, journalistic or wedding photographers, but I wouldn’t necessarily use them for in-studio portraits. However, they can be turned into a snoot, which can give off an awesome effect if desired.
Head on over to Photojojo and see what they’ve got.
We love, love, love our lighting modifiers here at The Phoblographer. We also love hacks. The other day while on a gig, I was trying to figure out how to use a shoot through umbrella with my speedlite. Because I didn’t have the correct bracket with me, I needed to improvise.
Using a Rogue Flash Bender and a rubber band, I was able to develop a great setup to use a shoot through umbrella.