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We recently had a moderately sized meetup at a local Japanese garden. One of the photographers there also does videography and decided to put together a video featuring all of the photographers at the event. The videographer is Charles R. and he goes by the handle “Hikikomorisama.” You can see more of his video work here and some of his photography here.
I have a small 12 inch Promaster reflector that has silver on one side and gold on the other. I also have a few Rogue filter gel rubber bands (2 work a lot better than one in this case). Put them together and it makes a pretty serviceable flash bounce.
Check out the image below for a quick test of the setup:
Click the image for a larger version, pardon the boring subject.
A few things to note:
- the built-in bounce card also had the plastic diffusion panel covering the flash. In this case with a small room I think it worked a bit better than it would in most circumstances.
- the cloth diffuser/reflector has been my go-to accessory for the flash. I have used that at many events.
I think the reflector turned out really well. Shadows are pretty soft and lighting in general is more even less harsh than the others. The camera was in a balanced flash mode and in aperture priority. Normally I’d use manual for a test, but this worked out just fine. In the case of the mini softbox, you can see how much light it wasted and how useless it generally is.
I think I’ll be using the reflector at a convention next weekend. One added benefit is that with the gold side I can counteract the large amount of tungsten lighting that is often in hotels.