Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Bending Light: Spirit Pop-up Flash Diffuser

My first encounter with the spirit was a fleeting one. I noticed it atop a Nikon D80 (I think) sitting on a table, presumably with its owner, at Krispy Kreme in Boni High Street. I was wondering what it was, what kind of diffusion it actually gives... then I turned into KK and forgot all about it.

I found it again online while browsing DPonline.com.ph for birthday gift ideas for my wishlist. And thanks to funds as a direct result of said birthday, I can now cross that off my list. Just to give you an idea what it looks like, here are some photos...

The Spirit!

Spirit in Packaging...

List of cameras to use it on doesn't include Olympus...


Photographing the Spirit With a Spirit...

Photographing without...

From where I'm sitting, it does its job, for the most part (notice the difference in the shadows), and gives a warmer light than the harsher naked pop-up flash does, which I for one like.

I haven't quite used it on anything other than itself (or rather the one I bought for a friend), and anyone other than myself. Soon however, I will post more, as I know the opportunity will present itself.

For now, I leave you with these and you be the judge...



Without Spirit... With Spirit...

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

how do you put this on the camera? do you have instructions?

jace_bu said...

There's basically 2 parts to this thing. The white portion, which is the diffuser itself, has several pairs of holes into which the black part, which I will refer to as the holder, could go into. Which pair of holes you use depends on the height of your pop up flash relative to how the holder sits in your hot shoe.

You put this on the camera with the diffuser facing towards your subject, inserting the holder into your hot shoe. :)I'd show you pictures of how that works, but I sort of sold mine to my cousin after he took a liking to it.