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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 ...
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What effects do different flash diffuser shapes have?

The difference the diffuser shape makes is mainly the shape of the catchlights. I.e - shoot a person with a square diffuser, you'll get a square catchlight in their eye. Shoot them with something ...
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Why are my photos with a Godox V860C coming out underexposed?

I have a Godox V860C light and a Godox Cells II remote trigger. OK, from this, I gather that you have a Canon camera. The Godox V860C is an eTTL-II-capable flash, so if you want to use that ...
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Options for flash diffuser for travel?

We have a couple of existing questions that might help. Take a look at When and how to use a push-on flash diffuser? regarding the plastic caps. They aren't really meant to be diffusers by themselves, ...
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Options for flash diffuser for travel?

The options I'm thinking of must have some characteristics. Portable. Easy assembly. Must be attached to the speedlight (does not matter if the speedlight is on the camera or not) Can be held by the ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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" ...
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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 ...
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Most effective directed speedlight diffusers?

Umbrellas work just fine with speedlights. The light from a speedlight is not too directed for that, especially if you use white umbrellas which will spread the light more or less independently of ...
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Most effective directed speedlight diffusers?

When it comes to diffusers you should be looking to use the same sizes as you would for monolights. The flash tube of a monolight often isn't that much larger than the head of a speedlight and the ...
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How many EV will a softbox knock down off your flash?

The problem you had is that your flash was at it's maximum output. No amount of flash exposure compensation will fix that. For maximum flash effectiveness you want your shutter speed at exactly the ...
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Can I use my room's wall as a diffuser for a spot light?

Absolutely! You're using this for a video setup, but it's common in still photography with strobes, where this technique is known as "bounce flash". The caveat is that strobes — like from studio ...
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Can I use my room's wall as a diffuser for a spot light?

It will work after a fashion, but you'll get substantial reduction in light level when the light is reflected. In your application it may well be adequate. If you wish to use a diffuser you do not ...
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What effects do different flash diffuser shapes have?

The point of a diffuser is to create light that comes from a larger area and is more spread out than what the bare flash produces. Theoretically, its shape influences the distribution of the light as ...
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Why are my photos with a Godox V860C coming out underexposed?

A partial answer: Does E-TTL work when the flash is off shoe? I don't think it does. If so, does that mean the E-TTL is pointless whenever shooting off-shoe? You need to set the 3 parts to TTL ...
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Options for flash diffuser for travel?

That fstoppers Flash disc Rafael posted looks pretty neat. Another alternative might be a flash bender. If you don't mind carrying a bit more kit for a bigger light, you could go with a monopod + ...
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Options for flash diffuser for travel?

If you're actually going to go to the trouble of bringing off-camera lighting gear/triggers with you, then maybe a small softbox could be useful in some situations, but you do need to understand its ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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,...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Portable Diffuser for shooting on the go

There's a thing called the bounce wall. Basically speaking it's a piece of wall paper/plastic that you can attach to your camera and that your flash bounces off from. It's basically the answer to the ...
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Portable Diffuser for shooting on the go

I think probably your problem with the Lightsphere Collapsible is that since it's soft-sided, if you squish it against your body, it's probably pretty easy to pop out the more rigid dome. The main ...
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Portable Diffuser for shooting on the go

For diffusing, I have actually gotten creative with just a piece of paper or a paper plate when i wasn't able to bring my home made one. If you need one side of the paper not to let light out, you can ...
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Most Versatile Light Modifier for Portrait/Glamour/Fashion

I would consider a shoot through umbrella that also can be used with a cover as an umbrella to reflect the light to be the most versatile. For portraits you can do a lot with an umbrella and a bare ...
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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 ...
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