« on: August 20, 2014, 11:29:05 AM »
I think most everything that has needed to be said has been said... now there IS a way to diffuse the light more all things being equal, but it is also a sacrifice in essence... One person said it wouldn't diffuse any more than shooting through diffusion material... Well yes and no... And here's the whole crux... not all diffusion material is created equal... You can utilize thicker diffusion material which will disperse the light even more making it appear softer, or double/triple/quadruple the diffusion to make it softer and softer... BUT, as we all know it means we lose more light power and affect, meaning the light would have to be closer to the subject to get the same amount of light. Now here's also another tactic, the closer the light, the softer the light... The farther the light, the harder the light... so this may very well have really thick diffusion on the "softbox" softening the light, requiring you to shoot closer, more power, and thus softening the light even more. NOW, dont get me wrong, i'm not saying it will be an attractive light. As professional and amateur photographers, we are conditioned that bigger the light source, in relation to the subject, the better, whereas this MAY be a small soft light-sourse close to the subject... So it just wont have the same effect that a 16x20 or bigger softbox can produce... it physically cant. For run and gun, grip and grins event style photographers, i can see how this MAY grab someones attention... So i wont say this is a complete design fail... I wont even say that this is a flawed product... but if they can improve upon this in future releases (and hopefully bring down costs to a more palatable level, then maybe the inventor may be on to something)...
Don't agree, just like sensors size trumps all. Look at some of the pro modifiers now, they are 7' and bigger, why? Because size invariably trumps being closer.
A good rule of thumb with modifiers is to take their size as the optimal distance from the subject, 20" modifier 20" from the subject, 50" modifier 50" from the subject, scale that down to this useless snake oil and you need to be 3" or 4" from the subject, and if the subject is more than 3" or 4" wide you are going to get big falloff issues.
I think your confusion the quality of the light vs the softness/effect of the light... I'm not arguing that a bigger modifier will give a better quality of light and better affect... I am just saying it's possible with heavy diffusion to soften the light, although the quality and usefulness of the light will be in question.
Having heavy diffusion will only reduce the light intensity unless the effective lighting surface is also increased.
For example, try covering the speedlite with tightly wrapped layers of white cloth- you will only make it dimmer.
Now very low intensity light has an illusion of being soft, because there is little contrast between the well lit and poorly lit areas. This isn't truly soft light though. It's just poor lighting
By definition, soft light avoids sharp shadows and harsh bright areas, with smooth transition between the two. The only way to do it is control the effective size of the light source. Reducing the illumination such that there are no bright areas and no shadows are created is hardly a step in the right direction.
As i said... possible but not very useful... Let alone the fact that if it's killing that much light, it may be even easier to over heat and kill your flash altogether... But if there's a will there's a way... but as i said... if they can improve upon it with future releases, then they have maybe a good basis to move from to develop something bigger and better.