Equipment Review: Gary Fong Lightsphere Cloud

The Gary Fong Lightsphere Cloud is a diffuser that fits onto almost any camera flash, and is an item that no event or wedding photographer should be without. Other diffusers on the market merely direct the light, whereas the Gary Fong Lightsphere Cloud illuminates the entire room, mimicking ambient lighting, and produces soft, flattering light.

So how does it work?
Bouncing your flash off the ceiling produces diffused light, but sometimes, depending on your surroundings, this is not always possible. This is where the Gary Fong Lightsphere Cloud makes all the difference…

The majority of the light goes towards the ceiling, however, the bowl (the Tupperware-looking part) is also illuminated, creating an additional light source. Together, this creates a combination of bounce flash, with the benefits of fill in flash.

Shooting with the dome off with gives you extra power, but you would generally use it on with low ceilings and outdoors.

The dome is also useful for creating a custom white setting. Simply place the dome in front of your lens, and take your reference photo.

You can also point the Lightsphere directly at your subject, and still achieve soft diffused light.

Pros:
•    Softens light and eliminates contrasty shadows
•    Brighten the ambient light in the room
•    Lightweight & durable
•    Easy to use

Cons:
•    The product is a little bulky, however it is available in a collapsible unit
•    Some may consider this product as over priced, however, the Gary Fong Lightsphere is the Roles Royce of flash diffusers, with the results to prove it

I recommend using the Gary Fong Lightsphere with the Chrome Dome for added reach, this is especially handy for shooting large group photos.

All the Gary Fong Lightsphere products are distributed in South Africa by Tandem Focus. For more information, call Tristan Hall on 084 465 0195.