When it comes to strobist type modifiers I think the undisputed king would be umbrellas. You can do a lot with umbrellas specially if you get yourself the shoot-thru and reflective combo, thats two modifiers in one for a ridiculous price, especially if you check out ebay.
After awhile though you want to play around with a few other types of modifiers and you usually would start to think of things like soft boxes.There are a few on the market but they are usually relatively expensive when you consider the price of umbrellas. The price isn’t usually the main problem, the problem is usually getting a modifier that will work with your strobe. As you know I shoot with LumoPro LP160’s so some customisation for brackets are required for many modifiers. There are also some size issues between the heads of sb800’s and sb900’s or 430exii or 580exii’s so even if you have a brand, when I say brand I mean camera brand Nikon or Canon flash, you can run into some problems.
So Gamilight a new modifier company knew I shoot with LumoPro’s so they sent me out their product range to play with. It consists of a attachment strap/band, a Square 43 softbox, Box 21 softgox, Spot 2 snoot & an Event Pro which is a diffuser with multiple configurations.
Gamilight’s strap is great. The call the strap The Mount. It’s kind of like a rubber band that goes around the top of your flash head very tight. LP160’s have a large flash head but this strap/band would fit securely around most sized heads. The Mount comes in two sizes an L and an S details on what size will fit your flash are on their website.
I’ll be running through using some of this gear in some up coming videos but at the moment I can give you a quick run through of the products.
Square 43 & Box 21
The Square 43 is the large soft box. The beauty of this is that if folds completely flat and weights next to nothing. I’m flying out to Sydney in a week and I think i’ll be taking this instead of an umbrella because it’s just so portable. My quick play with this modifier last week proved to me that it worked really well. It’s big enough to make a nice quality light, there are no problems attaching it to the head of the strobe and because it is light you don’t get any issues with the soft box pulling the head down. Did I mention that it also comes with a GamiLight bag to store it in.
The Box 21 is basically the same as the Square 43 except it’s smaller. This can also fit on top of your flash if you have it mounted on your camera. So it’s a great event tool to reduce the whole “dear in head lights” type photos you get when using on camera flash and not bouncing.
Square 43 pictured below
This is a snoot, what more can I say. Umm well it folds flat, it’s light and it has two configurations. One other thing read the instructions on how to mount it. The first time I tried I just couldn’t get it sitting right. After reading the instructions I had it on the wrong clips so it wasn’t producing the right results. You’ll see from the two pictures below the two configurations you can use. To change the beam of light you simple attach the cap to the front, the photo will make more sense.
Finally the Event Pro. I don’t shoot events really, but I can see the value in this. It’s like a diffuse, bounce card all in one. I think of it like a transformer, because it seems to do so much. I haven’t tested this out just yet. I’ve posed up all the photos so you can see what I mean about the different configurations.
Thats great where can I get some GamiLight?