Mini Test

Flash­guns are great, but these gad­gets will help you get more from them

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We talk a lot about light this is­sue – so we’re also ex­am­in­ing six mod­i­fiers that are de­signed to get the best from a flash­gun

There’s noth­ing quite like a flash­gun for pro­vid­ing in­stant il­lu­mi­na­tion in a por­ta­ble pack­age. They’re not short on ver­sa­til­ity, but add a light mod­i­fier and even more cre­ative ef­fects can be achieved.

Mod­i­fiers range from sim­ple pocket-sized caps to full-on ring flash sub­sti­tutes which fun­nel the flash burst into a ring of light that sur­rounds your lens. A clas­sic op­tion is a dif­fuser that soft­ens harsh light into a more flat­ter­ing glow that’s ideal for por­trai­ture or macro pho­tog­ra­phy. Al­ter­na­tively, if you’re af­ter a more fo­cused feel, a snoot or hon­ey­comb at­tach­ment will turn your flash­gun into a pow­er­ful spotlight to iso­late a sub­ject or pro­duce a de­fined hair light. What’s more, if you’re fed up with bor­ing back­drops, you can slip a coloured gel over an off-cam­era flash­gun, or there are de­vices that’ll go one bet­ter and pro­ject im­age slides onto the back­ground in­stead.

We’ve com­piled a se­lec­tion of pop­u­lar mod­i­fiers to find out which of­fers the best light trans­for­ma­tion, and which you can man­age with­out...

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