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Photography, Speedlight and Lightsphere Collapsible


Gah as if real life doesn’t rear its head way too much in my life. I go to various events/conventions by myself, unless they are events that people would want to go to. I realized that when I became press, that there was a responsibility, that to have some control over the story/articles you produce – better beef up your photographic techniques, instead of relying on someone’s images or direction. MELL’s concert at this past Otakon, proved that to me in more ways than one.

Also at various convention panels, if you don’t have a good flash, you’re pretty much screwed because of the pretty dim white lighting. Images are always blurry and never really focused and sharp, because there is not enough light. So lighting and sharpness have been high on my priority. I am not a professional, but am a pretty intending amateur/hobbyist, who is learning.

I get pretty @_@ when I stare at Dancing Queen or various other blogs I have that showcases figures photography. I want to devote more time to taking good pictures of my anime collection. I still need to get backdrops/muslin fabric. Cosplay photography is another barrel of worms, that I want to get into, but way too many things to do.

I own a Nikon D-40, which is a entry level DSLR unit.

Last weekend I was able to attend the Photo Plus Expo, and had met up with friends/acquaintances. Prior to the Expo, I was thinking about what other accessories to get with my camera, and so a photographer friend had suggested getting a diffuser, which is an upgraded camera flash piece. It makes an image softer from the photographic flash glare. I had after my trip to Japan had acquired a Nikon Speedlight SB-600 unit, and from there had researched a little on diffusers.

Several of my friends had mentioned Gary Fong as being the company they would go for in terms of diffusers, so I was at the show and was thinking about a standard diffuser, when we found the Lightsphere Collapsible. (There’s also another video with this link, and if you don’t like the size of the video, there is a bigger video on Youtube.)

I am unsure if my friend actually had known about it, but it is recommended to get for its portability. So yes I got it, and yes this put me more in the path of trying to improve my photographs. I had some trouble getting the unit on the thing, but now after a few tries and with the video tutorial, I am pretty much inspired to go take some shots. Have to go visit some galleries for a paper to write for class. Still contemplating on if I should put of pictures of my work following grading or not.

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  1. October 29, 2009 at 4:37 am

    Hey that is pretty cool! I recently got a SB600 also, but I went with the simple Sto-fen one that looks just like a cap. The lightsphere’s collapsible feature is pretty nice, but I wonder if it stays on that well. It looked a little wobbly.

    Do you find the pics blurry without flash, even at f/1.8 and f/1.4?

  2. October 29, 2009 at 5:36 am

    You can get a variety of diffusers, cheap china-made rip offs that basically are the same product, for much lower prices. Unethical? Yeah, but Gary fong stuff are expensive. Ebay is fine for that.

  3. miz
    October 29, 2009 at 10:32 am

    @Kabitzin Oh I had that one, but returned it after a couple of days.. well the Lightsphere is going to collapse if you put it on incorrectly. I had it slip for the first time when I was using it, but if you tuck it it, like the way the video showed from the top to the bottom, instead of the bottom to the top, then it generally is snug. Even with a lower aperture, there was a lot of noise, so that kinda ruined the aspect of the picture. For indoor picture also consider the ISO.

    @tj_han Yep I realized that.. however, as a shopper, I always like to buy in person.. so my experience with rip off has been not so good.

  4. November 9, 2009 at 2:17 am

    Wooooos. I suck at photography (as I recently learned), but the concept of light and lenses is pretty key. I have no modern equipment, just some old Yashica and Minolta from the 60s and 70s. The greatest advantage is the super adjustable shutter speed along with a range of f/stops. Even in low-lighting, the right lense is going to do justice (lense absorbs light, lots of light absorption means better pics), but shutter can sometimes boost the lighting, though it only works in still.

  5. miz
    November 11, 2009 at 1:34 am

    Yes.. and as a lot of photographers tell me.. it is not about the equipment sometimes, even though that helps, but the person holding the lens..so that is enough to go out and practice more by shooting and shooting again and again. Sorry for the late response.. >_<

  6. November 15, 2009 at 1:21 am

    It sounds like a good flash is essential for high quality photographs.

    haha That thing in the second video is huge! Toilet paper as a diffuser? lol Hmm… That puffer looks handy.

    Well, that link on various DSLR lenses and the diffuser tutorials were educational to me – thank you for posting them 🙂

    Do put pictures of your work 🙂

  7. miz
    November 15, 2009 at 2:52 am

    @Kitsune It’s a flash that is suitable for my camera. There are most likely other flashes out there that is good for the specific camera.

    The thing is a diffusor, don’t worry it is relatively light plastic. Puffer would be for only point and shoot diffusion right?

    Sure… will contemplate on talking about my photos when this semester is over or suitable time. ^_^

  1. October 29, 2009 at 4:25 am

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