On the 1st of January I would have never imagined I would have undertaken 100 different photographic challenges, experiments or moments and blogged about them. Today I have achieved that, so to celebrate I thought I would experiment with colour – not just any colour – colour diffusers for my flash. I celebrated by blowing my budget and investing a whole £1.86 (including delivery) on a 12 Color Flash Diffuser Kit – but what do they do … and are they any good?
I used the same set up as yesterday – but on the off camera flash that was pointing at the white studio background I fixed one of the 12 colour diffusers, to see what it did – and it was amazing… when the flash went off it created a whole different feel to my fruit and a whole different background – but cause the flash was aimed more to the back, I lost all the detail in the fruit, and it looks inedible… so I had to think of a way to make it work, and it was time to experiment.
The photo below shows a different flash diffuser – a vibrant pink one this time – but I added a second flash in front of the fruit, so that I could brighten up the fruit and OMG after a few experiments in worked, playing with the manual flash settings, I had the kind of image I wanted – I could see the orange fruit, the white flesh of the inside of the orange and a background lit by flash – no Photoshop wizardry, just in camera wizardry and interesting effect.
I was then curious about all the other colour diffusers too… so I took lots of photos – one with the front flash and one without for each of the diffusers and I ended up with the image below – I merged them into one picture in Photoshop – you can see with the front flash added the fruit is lit better, but the background colour is slightly weaker. It is defiantly not something I would have considered making into a picture 100 days ago… but I am to print this out and enter it into my next camera club competition – as something a bit different – who knows what the judge will think!