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I found the thread for diffuser for speedlights here but wanted to check out options available for bare-bulb flashes, specifically the Godox AD360ii.

I'll be traveling to Vietnam for 3 weeks in December 2016 - Jan 2017, and plan to backpack from the North to the South by motorbike/bus/train. I'd like to see what options are available for portable setups, but I'd be willing to sacrifice carrying additional weight if the diffuser is way better. I'll also have a nano-manfrotto light stand attached to the side of the pack.

This looks really promising, from the last thread, and I believe I can jimmy rig something to make the bare bulb flash fit in that mounting bracket.

Quality of light is very important to me, so ideally I'd want as soft light as I can produce.

In case you were asking, why bare bulb vs speedlights: I want the output to be able to overpower the sun, as well as easier HSS capabilities (I hate fiddling with ND filters, especially for travel). Currently my solution would be the Westcott collapsible umbrella but would love something with a bit more efficiency. A collapsible beauty dish looks promising as well, but wasn't sure if there were way better solutions.

Some uses for flash will be for editorial type portrait work in remote-areas I can get to by bike. I'll be using a 40L bag equivalent, or the Thule Covert for my main travels.

Wasn't sure if this was necessary, but for reference, I will be bringing the Sony A7RII, 24-70L II, 50L, 16-35L II, Ricoh GR.

I'd greatly appreciate any recommendations or insight from other experienced travel photographers. Thanks. (And yes I am aware my pack will be majority camera gear. Again, portrait and landscape work will be a priority)

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    As this was asked some time ago and never answered, I'm curious what you ended up using? – Hueco Mar 1 '18 at 20:13
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Ideas for you.

  1. Put a kleenex or a handkerchief over the flash.
  2. Easier to do: Put a white plastic bag over the flash. Shopping bags come in various weights. You would need to do some experimenting ahead of time. A rubber band to keep it flat over the flash. A white paper bag works too, but is heavier, and is less uniform.
  3. The flash has up/down swivel capability. Bounce the light off the ceiling.
  4. Not clear if this model can pivot sideways. If not, then get a cable to run from the hotshoe to the flash. Or get a remote. This allows you to bounce off of the wall.
  5. Put a clip on the rim of the flash that can hold a grey card at a 45 degree angle. Aim the flash straight up, and bounce off the card. Most grey cards are white on the back side. Doesn't even have to be a real grey card. And piece of card stock will work. Depending on the finish you can get more or less diffuse light. By using different colours of card you can either tint the light to enhance or correct. (E.g. if you are shooting things lit by candles, use a yellow card. If firelight, use an orange card) (For firelight, try to bounce the light off the ground.)
  6. If you curve the card so that it's a convex surface toward the flash, you can in effect widen the scatter which will pick up more room reflections.
  • 1. Adding a kleenex on a flash will not work. Diffuse light is about the total area of the light source, not the "texture" in front of it. 2. Random plastic bags will probably change the color of the light. You can see a plastic as white, but it can have a magenta or other colors. But also it gives no advantage. The same with a small card. The only viable tip is the bouncing. But the user is asking for a specific opinion on large diffusers. – Rafael Apr 2 '18 at 9:15
  • Think what you want. I've have actually used all of these techniques to good effect. I saw the specific request, but also saw 'bare bulb' and 'travel' and a long time since it had been asked. I figured that a 'makeshift, not quite on topic' answer may help another traveler. Thank you for putting the explanation for your downvote. Many people don't take the time to do that. – Sherwood Botsford Apr 2 '18 at 12:55
  • Yes, I think it is important to explain. Actually, the feedback is for everyone. I will try to make samples of this comments :o) – Rafael Apr 2 '18 at 15:41

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