First try with Ray Flash diffuser

Mar 25, 2005
near Montreal, Canada
After thinking about these for some time, I picked up a Ray Flash today - this is a diffuser that attaches to the on-camera flash and provides ring flash around the lens.

I am a big fan of natural light and use it whenever available. I will shoot with some strobes/umbrellas/softbox at times, but usually my candid style does not lend itself to that very often.
I dislike on-camera flash and have tried a number of ways to diffuse its light.

I shot a few quick images of my better half in our back yard.

Very harsh sunlight onto the background and she was positioned in the shadow.

Put an SB-800 on the camera, attached the Ray Flash, throttled down the flash a bit - BAM!

I must say that I am pretty impressed with the very even and natural looking lighting, without being overpowering - just like that! Anne had been in the sun most of the afternoon and had an oily, glimmering face because of that. Try shooting THAT with a regular flash technique - it won't be pretty :eek:.

Anyway, more testing ahead. Especially indoors with a more prepared person (light make up etc.). But I do have a very positive first impression :smile:.

D700, Nikkor Ai-S 105mm f/1.8, SB-800/Ray Flash fill

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