by Tom Lee Published 01/06/2008
One of the great challenges in using small, portable flashguns on any assignment is trying to replicate similar results to those expected in the studio with their much larger counterparts. As a wedding photographer, I generally try to work almost exclusively with the available light and rarely resort to flash or reflectors. With the coming of the Nikon D3 and good technique this is now more achievable than ever. There are however, occasions when it becomes necessary to supplement the ambient conditions with additional light sources to achieve a betterthan-average result.
Every day there seems to be someone tempting you part with hard earned cash on equipment that you seemed to have managed without for years, and rarely substitutes for good photographic technique. Whilst looking for something entirely different at Focus-on-Imaging I happened to spot a nifty little kit offered by Viewfinder Photography of Leicester. You’ve guessed it – I was tempted. What got my attention was the fact that it was a complete system in a box, scaled down proportionately for either the Nikon or Canon speed light flash units (other flash systems are also catered for). The kit comprises a diffuser dome, snoot and the heart of the system – the Softlite Reflector. The kit includes an accessory pack to configure the Softlite for different uses, including three separate honeycomb attachments, four Fresnel diffusers and a series of discs for turning the reflector into a beauty dish. At £140 +VAT it’s a lot cheaper than some modifiers that have only one function or use. The question is, will it do the job?
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