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Diffusers v Reflectors (or both?)


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Initial post: 17 Mar 2012 10:50:06 GMT
I am starting to develop my close-up photography and have started reading articles about diffusers and reflectors. Whilst these are not too expensive to add to my camera accessories, I wonder whether they are really essential pieces of equipment.
Any advice would be helpful.

Posted on 17 Mar 2012 13:10:36 GMT
Last edited by the author on 17 Mar 2012 13:14:52 GMT
G. E. Hearn says:
They are a major help. Although when I've needed one I've tended to make one from a bit of paper or similar. I don't often use flash, but where I do it's usually sufficient to angle the speedlight upward and bounce it off the ceiling where I can. Direct flash always looks pretty grim. I only use the D90's inbuilt flash for fill light outside on sunny days.

But then I don't use much close-up stuff. People who do swear by portable studio lighting, which can often be bought cheaper than an expensive flash and gives more controllability. May be worth exploring this avenue?

Two days ago i finally got around to buying myself a Nikon SB-23 for my film cameras and that's a great little device for fill flash on my F90X, N90S and F100. Bit of a bargain for 35 boxed and mint and with the carry case too. Good old Gray's!

Posted on 17 Mar 2012 19:57:13 GMT
X says:
Professional grade kitchen foil is wider and thicker than the domestic stuff, comes on huge rolls of 200 metres, and often has one side which is a lot shinier than the shiny side of the domestic stuff, and a matt side which is really matt. There is no end to the ways you can use it as a reflector material, and a 20 roll lasts and lasts. Just keep it out of the kitchen, of course. Super-fine cotton handkerchiefs for ladies are good diffuser material, likewise any threadbare cloth unless it's actually your daughter's favourite jeans...

Posted on 29 Mar 2012 09:05:19 BDT
G. E. Hearn says:
http://www.petapixel.com/2012/03/28/how-to-make-a-fluorescent-lighting-setup-for-less-than-200/
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