Sunday, August 14, 2016

David Hobby's Improvised Light Modifier

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I was checking an interesting blog post Pro Photographer, Cheap Camera, a You Tube Channel from Hong Kong featuring professional photographers using toy or novelty cameras on location in Digital Rev TV. One episode that was most interesting featured guest photographer David Hobby. The camera he was given was a toy Buzz Lightyear digital camera.

Now Mr. Hobby is well known for his flash work, and his ability to improvise light modifiers what hand materials. He's made modifiers from shirt boxes, spaghetti boxes, and plastic dry cleaning bags. He's also used Tupperware to create a functional Lightsphere, but as he is quick to add, it gives the quality light but not necessarily the "pro" look. Granted, the lighting you use to achieve you photograph is more important to the actual technique or equipment you employ, something the viewer never sees. But if "style points" are important to you, you buy the genuine article. But if you're staring out or on a budget, his DIY approach may be the proper path to take.

Watch the video by clicking on the "play button". You get to watch Mr. Hobby eat snake soup, work with people who don't understand English, and generally coax surprisingly good photos under predictably difficult conditions.

The screen shot at the right was taken from the video at 21:54. You are about to see him make a light "dome" by inflating a paper bag and shooting his flash through it. When I saw it, I looked around in my office for something that I might use as  a modifier. I found no paper bag, but did remember I used a similar dodge when photographing in the rain a while back. My original intent was to protect my equipment from the rain with a plastic bag, but as it turned out, the bag helped to expand the sphere of my light, and give me a softer quality of light.
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No photographer is as good as the simplest camera. -Edward Steichen

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No photographer is as good as the simplest camera. -Edward Steichen

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The full post can be seen here.

This pair of photos shows a plastic bag covering a Gary Fong Light Sphere. You can see that the size of the light source is more than doubled by this simple addition.

It just goes to show that sometimes if doesn't take much to improve the quality of light Sure, white walls, when available, make a great bounce surface, but a plastic bag may do in a pinch.

Quotes. Speaking of equipment, here a some clever quotes to remind one that it isn't always the equipment that makes the photo.

“A photographer went to a socialite party in New York. As he entered the front door, the host said ‘I love your pictures – they’re wonderful; you must have a fantastic camera.’ He said nothing until dinner was finished, then (said) ‘That was a wonderful dinner; you must have a terrific stove.'” By Sam Haskins.

No photographer is as good as the simplest camera. Edward Steichen

Scoff not the other man's camera - It may contain the photos you should have taken. Simon Nathan.