modifying your flash

by Crystal Samson

A few weeks ago, I was checking out flash modifier options for my Speedlite.  I like to keep things portable, easy to use, and uncomplicated.  I currently have a 43” Brolly Box and 43” shoot-thru umbrellas….but those aren’t always good options outside, and they definitely can’t be used on-camera.  Enter the Rogue FlashBender with diffusion panel.  It’s small, lightweight, foldable, and easily portable.  They can be used on your flash on-camera or mounted on a lightstand.  Since they are small, it’s less likely the wind would catch them and knock them over, and I admit, I like the double-duty options they provide.  Additionally, the design seems really well thought-out and well-executed.  The FlashBenders have internal flexible rods that allow you to position them pretty much any way you like, and the diffusion panel quickly and easily attaches with velcro.  You can bend the top down, sides in, and you can even roll into a snoot.  The FlashBender with diffusion panel attaches to the shoe-mount flash with an adjustable velcro strap, you don’t have to stick anything to your flash.

I also decided to play around with a set of gels too (I purchased the Rogue Gels).  I’ve wanted to try out gels for a while, but never really knew what to purchase.  These seemed pretty easy and straightforward.

Here are some of my comparison images:

Bare flash, on a standmodifying your flash photo

Flash on a stand with FlashBender and Diffusion Panelmodifying your flash photo

You can see that the light is a little bit softer.  It doesn’t create giant catchlights like you’d get with a softbox, but they’re bigger than the pinlights you often see with flash.

Here, I’m going for a very dramatic look, and very pleased with the way it turned out.  FlashBender with diffusion panel on the main light, and the second light with purple gel behind him, pointed at him to give the purple glow.modifying your flash photo

Again, lots of drama, but this time, some light into his back eye (and a little attitude).modifying your flash photo

This is 2 lights, both with FlashBenders and diffusion panels, at 10-2 positions.  The flash (main) on camera left had the larger FlashBender, and the second flash (fill) camera right had the smaller FlashBender.modifying your flash photo

This is with the FlashBender, no diffusion panel.  I bent the left corner down to give it some directionality.  I love how it turned out, though with a single flash, it is difficult to minimize, or reduce, the under-chin shadow.modifying your flash photo

Overall, I really like the FlashBenders both with and without the diffusion panels.  I think they allow more creative options than just plain craft foam, or a domed diffuser.  They will definitely be a part of my flash accessories, especially for events and weddings.  I really liked the softness that the diffusion panel offers.

modifying your flash photoCrystal Samson, Idaho
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Crystal is a photographer specializing in Boudoir, Engagement, Weddings and Seniors in the Boise, Idaho area.

sponsored giveaway!

modifying your flash photo

Would you like to modify your light like this as well?  Expo Imaging is giving away a Rogue Large Soft Box Kit to one lucky commenter!  Valued at $64.95, this is a  durable, portable soft box that attaches quickly to all standard speedlights and can easily fit into a small bag or laptop case.  The kit contains a Rogue Large FlashBender, Rogue Large Diffusion Panel, and a Silver/Black attachment that  photographers can use to create a shapeable bounce reflector, soft box or snoot.

To enter to win, simply comment below telling us what you’re thankful for.  All comments by next Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at noon EST will be entered into the random drawing.  We’ll update this post Tuesday afternoon with the lucky winner!

winner update!

Congratulations to Jackie who said, “Thankful for my family..they’re my everything!!”!  I will email you shortly on how to claim your prize!


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90 Responses to “modifying your flash”

  1. DawneC
    Nov 27 2013 at 7:08 pm #

    Thanks so much Crystal! I’ve been wanting to look into the Flashbender! I’m so thankful for all the tutorials that help us to keep growing & learning. I’m thankful for everyone’s generosity in sharing!

  2. Nov 28 2013 at 1:48 am #


  3. Nov 28 2013 at 2:47 am #

    Today, I am thankful for the loving family members in my life, as well as new ways in which I see the world since embarking on the photography journey.

  4. Ellen K
    Nov 28 2013 at 9:55 am #

    Great examples! I have the small flash bender and I really like it- it would be great to have that whole kit! :)

    I am thankful for my wonderful family- I have 11 siblings and love them all. :) Most are married with children, which makes for a big and loud day when we’re together! :D

  5. Catherine R.
    Nov 28 2013 at 11:53 am #

    Today, i’m thankful for my hubby. His hard work has served our family well and has allowed us to make memorable moves cross-country and to take unforgettable vacations. He’s a fantastic daddy and a supportive partner to me.

    Thanks Crystal for showing off what the Rogue flash bender can do!

  6. Nov 28 2013 at 1:23 pm #

    I am thankful for this community of photographers and of course my little family at home. <3

  7. Nov 29 2013 at 1:00 pm #

    I am so thankful for the way photography helps me see the beauty in my ordinary days, and that I have the time and resources to improve my work.

  8. Lana
    Nov 29 2013 at 6:41 pm #

    I’m Thankful for my health! I’m Thankful to this craft called photography. That I can see and imagine and create and share. I am Grateful – Thank You

  9. Noelle
    Nov 29 2013 at 10:28 pm #

    I am thankful for Minnesota cold weather and a warm fireplace and cozy flannel jammies…and for cousins enjoying a sleepover with my two boys…and for belly laughs coming up from downstairs. It’s a thanksgiving celebration that doesn’t want to end….

  10. Nov 30 2013 at 1:53 pm #

    I am thankful for my kids, they have social lives busier then mine, drag me out of bed at every hour, turned this hockey hating mom to the biggest cheerer, they bring out the best and worst in me and give me purpose.

  11. Angela
    Dec 01 2013 at 10:28 am #

    I am thankful for the health of me and my family. Everything else that I am fortunate to have is icing on the cake!

  12. Dec 01 2013 at 11:49 am #

    I’m thankful for my super supportive hubby and by beautiful son :)

  13. Dec 01 2013 at 6:04 pm #

    I’m thankful for the time I get to spend with family and friends over the holidays.

  14. Tammy
    Dec 01 2013 at 6:05 pm #

    I am thankful for my awesome husband and my amazing four kids.

  15. Dec 01 2013 at 6:07 pm #

    I’m thankful for my family’s good health!!!

  16. Dec 01 2013 at 6:07 pm #

    Thanks Crystal! I am thankful that we are able to travel home and spend the holidays with family.

  17. Deb Marak
    Dec 01 2013 at 6:12 pm #

    I am thankful for the creative opportunities to express myself via my camera.

  18. Heather
    Dec 01 2013 at 6:19 pm #

    Thanks for the chance! I am thankful for great photography info like this!

  19. Rachel
    Dec 01 2013 at 6:27 pm #

    Thanks Crystal!!! I am so thankful for my family and friends.

  20. BeckyC
    Dec 01 2013 at 6:27 pm #

    I am thankful for my family and their willingness to put up with my practicing photography on them :)

  21. Chelsea
    Dec 01 2013 at 6:29 pm #

    I am thankful for so many things…but most of all, I’m thankful for God’s redeeming love for me! :) ♥

  22. Dec 01 2013 at 6:32 pm #

    What a great review and giveaway!

    I am thankful for so many things….my awesome family (amazing husband and 3 little boys ages 9 months, 2.5, and 4), finding photography, and for getting my first real full-time job this year (freshmen English teacher).

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  23. Jennifer B.
    Dec 01 2013 at 6:47 pm #

    I am thankful for the wonder and excitement in my children this time of year – love seeing things through their eyes :)

  24. Mary Francis
    Dec 01 2013 at 6:53 pm #

    I’m thankful for my two sons. They mean the world to me

  25. Jess Delany
    Dec 01 2013 at 7:01 pm #

    I am thankful for all three of my boys. They are my world!

  26. Michelle Hedstrom
    Dec 01 2013 at 7:04 pm #

    I’m so very thankful for my husband and children. I would be lost without them.

  27. Tarrah
    Dec 01 2013 at 7:17 pm #

    Wow, Crystal. What a great review and comparison photos. What am I thankful for? How’s a girl suppose to pick just one? ;) Hands down, my family. They are the most important thing to me.

  28. Dec 01 2013 at 7:36 pm #

    I am thankful for all of the beauty on this great earth to photograph!

  29. Magan
    Dec 01 2013 at 7:49 pm #

    I am so thankful for my family and friends!

  30. ghalia
    Dec 01 2013 at 7:55 pm #

    Thankful to those tips and the clickinmoms blogs it always bring in useful topics and tips :)

  31. Rita Odle
    Dec 01 2013 at 8:41 pm #

    I am thankful for photography as my hobby and continuing to increase my knowledge of photography to be able to document moments and events of my family and grandchildren and to take photos of beautiful landscape as well.

  32. Dec 01 2013 at 8:48 pm #

    I am thankful that we had family able to visit us this weekend and I am thankful for the chance to enter this giveaway.

  33. Dec 01 2013 at 8:57 pm #

    There are so many things to be thankful for…of course the stereotypical response of health and family, but there is also the forgotten things such as humanity, compassion and hope.

  34. Beatriz
    Dec 01 2013 at 9:11 pm #

    I’m Thankful for my health, my family, my friends, my job, and many more things. Thank you!!! Happy Holidays!!!

  35. Esther Chanie Dushinsky
    Dec 01 2013 at 9:27 pm #

    I am thankful for finding passion in my photography and photography prop business.

  36. Dec 02 2013 at 12:30 am #

    I’m thankful that I have a healthy family and we get to spend time together! (And that my kids still like being with me all day!)

  37. Kim Peterson
    Dec 02 2013 at 5:12 pm #

    I am thankful for my family!!! They really are the best thing that ever happened to me!

  38. Jennifer Wright
    Dec 03 2013 at 9:00 am #

    Thank you for this tutorial!

    I am thankful for my family – my kids for keeping me grounded and able to understand and appreciate the magic, my hubby for the good man he is, and my parents for being there for me no matter how old I get.

  39. Joyce
    Dec 05 2013 at 10:05 am #

    I know I’m too late for the contest but I just saw this and wanted to thank you for the information on Rogue FlashBenders. I’ve been wanting to try them for some time and this really helped. What king of diffusion panel were you using and what did your setup look like.
    Thanks in advance.

  40. Joyce
    Dec 05 2013 at 10:06 am #

    kind not “king” – oops

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