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First try with Ray Flash diffuser

Discussion in 'General flash photography, lighting, and technique' started by Frits, Aug 11, 2009.

  1. 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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  2. Frank R

    Frank R

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    Feb 18, 2006
    Long Island NY
    Very nice it doesnt even look like the flash fired.
     
  3. edtsui

    edtsui

    306
    Jan 31, 2007
    New York
    I really the soft effect of the ray. Perhaps I should also get one. How much does it cost now?
     
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