Need help with one flash off camera for wedding photo shoot

Started Jun 12, 2012 | Discussions thread
Sailor Blue
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Re: Need help with one flash off camera for wedding photo shoot
In reply to digitalman4242, Jun 13, 2012

As John Deerfield said, a dome converts your hot-shoe flash into something close to a bare bulb flash. This means that the light from the flash mainly goes out in all directions in a hemisphere around the flash head with the light rapidly falling off below the flash.

In a small room with light colored walls and ceiling this can give you very soft even lighting. In a large room or outdoors the light not going directly toward the subject is wasted, resulting in the flash having to operate at a higher power and the batteries dying much faster.

If you want soft light in a large room or outdoors you have to modify the size of your flash. Something like the ExpoImaging Rouge Flashbender is some help IF you are operating really close to the subject. Beyond about 4' from the subject it is simply another device that wastes flash power since its apparent size too small to soften the light at that distance.

A better solution is to mount your hot-shoe flash on a monopole with a 24" umbrella the way David Hobby does. This will get you reasonable soft light out to 6 feet, and still do a small amount of softening out to about 8'. Beyond that you might as well use the bare flash. See Lighting 101 on David Hobby's Strobist blog.

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