A popular light modifying system among pro shooters.
March 26, 2009
One of the classic ways to produce more natural lighting from a single flash is to use a bare bulb. That means there’s no reflector behind the flash tube.
While bare-bulb flash models do exist, you can emulate the effect very well with Gary Fong’s Lightsphere-2 Pro System.
The sort-of-bulb-shaped attachment goes over your flash head, which is pointing up, and is attached with fabric fastener. The light is redirected in all directions via either the translucent coating (when using the “cloud” cover) or through ridges etched in the plastic sides of the Clear version. The Cloud tends to warm up the light, making it better suited for portraits, while the light the Clear generates is more like daylight in its color balance. The Clear also tends to transmit more light while the Cloud allows about 1 stop less through. Use this with the ChromeDome, which snaps onto the Clear and uses mirrors to reflect and further intensify the light output.
The Gary Fong Lightsphere system.
An example of the kind of photo you can get with the Gary Fong Lightsphere system.