Taking Your First Ever Photo With A Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible

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This is a step-by-step instructional guide on how to take your very first comparison photo of the Lightsphere Collapsible with on-camera flash. In this demonstration, I use the flash in a room with a very tall ceiling, painted black. This is how to dramatically improve your flash photography. For product info: www.garyfong.com

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Gary Fong says:

you can leave it off most of the time. I only use it when there are low, white ceilings and I don’t want too much to illuminate from right above. So I can change the ratio.

Gary Fong says:

it is a factor since the light is bouncing all over. However, if it was too far off, the auto white balance would bring it back into line.

Edward De la Torre says:

How much would you say the warmer tones are due to the wooden walls in the room you’re shooting?

Gary Fong says:

Hi John – in the video (you can even see it on the thumbnail preview) I refer to the “Instruction Card” which is a color pocket guide that tells you how to mount, set your camera and flash, when to use the domes, etc. for the LSC. If you don’t have yours, you can download the PDF at my website flash diffuser dot com and print it out.

John Buono says:

Really enjoyed the video, but now I am a bit confused on when to use the dome and when not to. I have been always using it with good results. Is there a rule of thumb on when not to use it?

Billy Jackson says:

I see. Makes sense. Thank you very much for the reply!

Enjoy your videos, and “Do you feel like I do” Love the 3 pickup Les Paul.

Gary Fong says:

Hi Billy. The reason to use a higher ISO is simply to allow more of the available light to contribute to the exposure when using Program mode. All of the modern cameras as of five years ago are noise-free (with proper exposure of course) at ISO 800. Having said that, you could for sure shoot at say ISO400 at f1.8 aperture priority mode. The starter card is to get people up and running fast 🙂

Billy Jackson says:

Gary, what do you recommend ISO 800 when using the Lightsphere? I’ve been using mine with lower ISOs with good results. However, I’ll take your expertise over mine any day.

Thanks,

Billy

Gary Fong says:

Great question. In a situation like this, the dome would add to the height of the light source, therefore making the diffuser about 1/5 larger. So there would be increased efficiency. Pointing it forward is not as desirable for two reasons: 1) the size of the light source is smaller and 2) with the head tilted forward, the light source is much closer to the lens, reducing the pretty angle from slightly above.

macy0313 says:

Praveen if you look at the video around 1:21 he shows that the ceiling is high and black. That is to demonstrate that the light came from the Lightsphere not the ceiling. Did you watch the entire video?

jamie sinko says:

Tricking people? Why don’t you even watch the video and see that he shows a high black ceiling. Can’t bounce off that can you? Why don’t you do a video and show bounce light off of a black ceiling? Or maybe you don’t have ceilings where you are at your call center

GFISupport says:

Thanks for the note. The Lightsphere has a textured interior that acts like a prism to refract light evenly. A majority of the light actually comes directly from the source and cascades the flash towards the subject. Any light that bounces off of walls or ceilings is just a bonus! At 1:21 you’ll see Gary is working in a room with a black ceiling. Therefore it isn’t possible to bounce light up. A comparison of that nature would result in an image that was grossly underexposed.

Gary Fong says:

look at the ceiling. It’s high and painted black. Celing bounce does not contribute to the exposure. The comparison is absolutely correct.

Praveen Kumar Ramanathan says:

The comparison is incorrect. You are comparing direct flash vs bounce flash. Please don’t trick people to buy your products. Viewers please search for “direct flash vs bounce flash” in google images to know the truth.

nt889 says:

so in this situation basically the only light hitting the model would be light that s coming off the lightsphere right? so why not or should i say what if you attached the dome to the lightshpere?

dome facing down: would this make the flash more effective? ie. ttl system would use less effort/power to achieve the same amount of proper exposure.

dome facing up: would this in turn light up the environment more to give a more natural lighting result?

P.S. i have a set of these and i love it.

ricardosolorzanoc says:

Got it! Thanks for these videos they really help newbies like myself.

Gary Fong says:

Ricardo, because the ceiling in my office is black (as seen in this video), the bounce alone would register no proper TTL exposure. This is why I really like this demo – there’s no fill off of the wall.

ricardosolorzanoc says:

Gary, you should have included the comparison of the naked flash bouncing off the ceiling.

cminarczik says:

Bonus at the end of the video

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