Introducing Super Light Globe

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thien nguyen Senior Member • Posts: 1,369
Introducing Super Light Globe

This is my home made bouncer for my flash unit:

The Super Light Globe:

The result with the globe at 45 degrees to one side:

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Christakis Senior Member • Posts: 1,353
Re: Introducing Super Light Globe

Lol... Looks fun and interesting but cant really see it going mainstream :/ The cord of the iron is funny. In both pictures it looks like its connected with the camera... Combine this with your wacky (but effective) diffuser and one's imagination can run wild.

thien nguyen OP Senior Member • Posts: 1,369
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Yes, the goal is to have fun with the toy and hopefully have a better
understanding how light reaches the subject. After all, capturing the
light is what we are all doing with camera ...

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Christakis wrote:

Lol... Looks fun and interesting but cant really see it going
mainstream :/ The cord of the iron is funny. In both pictures it
looks like its connected with the camera... Combine this with your
wacky (but effective) diffuser and one's imagination can run wild.

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CityLights Forum Pro • Posts: 12,545
Super Light Globe

Hmmm... good result in the picture.

But I would be worried that the band across the funnel would cast some nasty shadows. Probably OK for strictly bounce flash, but you couldn't use it for direct flash.

Why not get a pocket bounce for about $25?

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/544387-REG/LumiQuest_LQ_101_Pocket_Bouncer_for.html

Or an omni-bounce for $17

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/52696-REG/Sto_Fen_OM_C__OM_C_Omni_Bounce.html

thien nguyen OP Senior Member • Posts: 1,369
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That band definitely won't cast any shadow. The light will "wrap"
itself around so no worry. I think the band will actually
reduce intensity of the hot spot.

Those two pocket bounce diffuse the light too much. I prefer
a more directed light where I can control the light and shadow.
I already had the stofen, I don't quite like it.

I don't mind spending $100 to make one myself. By the way
that Super Light Globe costed me just $2 plus the rubber band.

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andyroo770 Regular Member • Posts: 163
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I like it!! Are you bouncing the flash off a wall or shooting direct flash through your device? Do you have an off camera flash cord??

Can you explain what it is made from or is this trade secret?? $2 sounds a good deal!!

I was considering taking my flash with me tupperware shopping to see whether a cloudy tupperware box would fit well and produce a good diffuser, your design looks way more sci-fi though and possibly more effective!

thanos Regular Member • Posts: 300
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The semitransparent band doesn't seem to reflect back much light for the white reflector to have an effect. Did you try putting tin foil in the back of the band effectively creating sort of a "beauty dish"?
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thien nguyen OP Senior Member • Posts: 1,369
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I pointed the edge of the tunnel/dome to the nose. I will
experiement with other settings to see what is best.

Note: this is not a diffuser.

The white dome is made from the flexible rubber-like launch
pad for kicking the ball (as used in rugby sport here in Australia).
You can fold it completely flat and put in your bag. You can
find it in sport stores for less than $2.

The band across the middle is made from cutting mat
that I used for the Super Diffuser as shown here. You can make
one in a minute. No fancy design is required, just something
to cover the flash will do:

If you want some diffusion with the Super Light Globe, put the Super
Diffuser above inside the dome.

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andyroo770 wrote:

I like it!! Are you bouncing the flash off a wall or shooting direct
flash through your device? Do you have an off camera flash cord??

Can you explain what it is made from or is this trade secret?? $2
sounds a good deal!!

I was considering taking my flash with me tupperware shopping to see
whether a cloudy tupperware box would fit well and produce a good
diffuser, your design looks way more sci-fi though and possibly more
effective!

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thien nguyen OP Senior Member • Posts: 1,369
Re: Introducing Super Light Globe

No, it doesn't, it's there just to hold the dome in place and to
slot into the rubber band on the flash unit. The whole setup
is very securely in place. It won't fall to the ground when you
move around the flash.

I do like your suggestion. I will try that to bounce some more onto
the dome !

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thanos wrote:

The semitransparent band doesn't seem to reflect back much light for
the white reflector to have an effect. Did you try putting tin foil
in the back of the band effectively creating sort of a "beauty dish"?
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thien nguyen OP Senior Member • Posts: 1,369
A few more designs

More directed light tube:

Upper centre diffusion:

Centre diffusion:

Wide open:

Half diffuser:

Half diffuser #2:

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thien nguyen OP Senior Member • Posts: 1,369
A better shot using the Super Light Globe

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