In An Electronic Flash Rut?
LumiQuest May Have The Answer
The modern automatic electronic
flash system can be a mind trap. You focus, aim the flash at the ceiling
or directly at the subject, press the shutter release, and it's
virtually a cinch that you'll get reasonably well lit images--with
no danger of your creativity or imagination taking over. You fall into
the trap of letting automation do all the work. For a lot of photography
that's okay, but often it also adds up to a sameness from image
to image. Even pros like Eddie Adams bemoan the fact that automation
is making everyone's images look vaguely alike.
The accessories attach to the
electronic flash head with self-adhering hook and loop fasteners. Once
the fasteners have been added to the flash they work to support virtually
every accessory in the line. They are attached to the top, bottom, and
both sides of the flash head. The accessories attach in a matter of seconds.
The LumiQuest Promax softbox
measures 5x7" and weighs hardly anything. You do lose slightly more
than one stop exposure but it allowed for short flash duration and virtually
shadowless lighting. It also provided a softer look to the images and
good skin tone.
A set of inserts adds greatly
to the flexibility of the 80-20. I decided to shoot a portrait session
of a mother and her daughters outdoors on a balcony in the evening. I
wanted the dark background beyond the balcony and I still wanted to use
bounce light. I attached a white insert into the top of the unit (hook
and loop tabs) above the flash that created a bounce effect while still
retaining the direct fill light.
LumiQuest manufactures a wide
variety of electronic flash accessories. There's a pocket bouncer
designed for use when there's no ceiling. It can also be aimed directly
at the subject for a softer lighting effect. Good for quick portraiture.
There's a light loss of somewhat more than one stop.
There's even an attachment--the
Reflecta Bounce Kit--for use with bare-bulb flash with silver or gold