Skip to main content
8 votes

Why is the bottom of this image over-exposed?

My bet is on the same thing you guess — light reflected from the diffuser bouncing around badly. This is especially likely if you've tipped the flash to point the diffuser dome forward, as I've seen ...
mattdm's user avatar
  • 143k
4 votes
Accepted

Etymology of the word "stofen" (and other names for the same thing)

I am quite certain that "Sto-Fen" is just the name of one company. As you note, that company doesn't call their product a "stofen" — they call it the "Omni-Bounce". I don't find any evidence for any ...
mattdm's user avatar
  • 143k
4 votes

How to bypass "accessory is attached" error with simple diffuser on my Canon DSLR?

I just solved the same issue with my Canon 80D. I found that the diffuser’s foot depresses a small bar on the right side of the hot shoe when it slides in. I cut away a small rectangular piece from ...
Dianne's user avatar
  • 41
3 votes

How to bypass "accessory is attached" error with simple diffuser on my Canon DSLR?

I had a similar problem w T6. All button sequences that should have raised the Built in flash did not work (Q button and selections, lighting button...). It reported that the flash is not available ...
Michael Rowbotham's user avatar
3 votes
Accepted

How to bypass "accessory is attached" error with simple diffuser on my Canon DSLR?

The hot shoe on your 750D is reporting the presence of the accessory attached to the hot shoe. Even though the accessory is not conductive, the pressure it places on the spring under the side rail on ...
Michael C's user avatar
  • 175k
3 votes

What is the recommended Diffuser Umbrella for a Metal Product Shoot?

Metal surfaces are one of the most difficult things to photograph. You're on the right track with using diffused lighting but if, as you say, the diffusers you have are "taking away too much light" ...
KarlC's user avatar
  • 551
2 votes
Accepted

Softbox/Diffuser types

What is added by a) the honeycomb A grid modifier limits the spread of the light. Imagine holding a fist full of drinking straws and shining a flashlight through them -- you'd get a beam that ...
Caleb's user avatar
  • 31.7k
2 votes

Softbox/Diffuser types

The honeycomb makes the light actually harder, larger for the targeted subject, and smaller the further from the target (hope it's clear). On the source side, the angles of the coming light are ...
Soleil's user avatar
  • 821
2 votes
Accepted

When to use diffuser, reflector, fill flash and ND filter?

ND filter and HSS flash both can achieve same results That is a bit oversimplified. ND-filters (ND stands for "Neutral Density", which basically means that they [ideally] filter out equal ...
flolilo's user avatar
  • 6,468
2 votes

What is the effect of relative size of light source vs diffusion on the quality of light?

Relative size (distance) is often correlated with diffusion/softness, as if the only thing you have to worry about/change is the distance of the light/modifier... which is wrong because distance ...
Steven Kersting's user avatar
2 votes

How can I weaken my camera's flash power so it is less disturbing to my subjects?

Ambient exposure is controlled by iso, aperture, and shutter speed. But flash exposure is controlled by iso, aperture, flash power, and subject-to-flash distance. If you want to lower the flash power,...
inkista's user avatar
  • 52.2k
2 votes
Accepted

How to hand-hold a large diffuser (4'x6')?

I am confused because you are posting an image of a reflector, and on the text, it seems you are describing a white diffuser as a sun scrim. The difference is that a reflector can be held even on the ...
Rafael's user avatar
  • 24.9k
2 votes
Accepted

Best Flat Light Diffuser for a High-Intensity Flashlight

In addition to the Rosco kit you mentioned it might also be worth taking a look at LEE filters. They offer a visual comparison of their diffusion materials. There is also a quite useful comparison of ...
Graumagier's user avatar
1 vote

What is the effect of relative size of light source vs diffusion on the quality of light?

A "larger light" has the concept that its outer areas will direct the light inward into the subject. Those additional paths inward from wide and different angles of course help to fill the harsh ...
WayneF's user avatar
  • 12.9k
1 vote
Accepted

Soft light and it’s link to diffusion and distance

The diffuser re-emits the light it receives. The light it receives decreases like the square of the distance to the source. If you have a small source and the diffuser is (roughly) a plane, the center ...
xenoid's user avatar
  • 21.4k
1 vote

What kind of flash should I use for general macro photography?

Have you considered a ring light, but with a few modifications? You could add a relatively wide, ring-shaped diffuser (of any diameter you prefer) in front of your ring light so that it did not create ...
GrantRobertson's user avatar
1 vote

What kind of flash should I use for general macro photography?

This question could be a bit opinion based and also a bit short-lived if we refer to specific products. So I will try to answer in a broader fashion. Use whatever you have, whatever you need, whatever ...
Rafael's user avatar
  • 24.9k
1 vote

What kind of flash should I use for general macro photography?

I follow a chap on Instagram called weemadbeasties, who uses the following to great effect: Godox TT350o Cygnustech diffuser v2 Raynox 250 The Godox seems to be the weapon of choice for a lot of ...
spikey_richie's user avatar
1 vote

Best Flat Light Diffuser for a High-Intensity Flashlight

Diffusion evens light out by scattering the light (so that it mixes together), which inherently spreads the light out, which inherently reduces the light density (power). Diffusion also absorbs/blocks ...
Steven Kersting's user avatar
1 vote

When to use diffuser, reflector, fill flash and ND filter?

The answer... Use whatever you have. (Forget ISO for now) The main line of reasoning is: 1. If you want bokeh or shallow depth of field you need a wide aperture. 2. If you use a wide aperture you ...
Rafael's user avatar
  • 24.9k
1 vote

Options for flash diffuser for travel?

The MagBounce is similar to the card-bounce diffuser that was proposed by Rafael, but it's a commercial product instead of something that has been bent from paper and therefore will surely not ...
juhist's user avatar
  • 6,760

Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible