Equipment Review: Gary Fong Lightsphere

September 8, 2010 · 3 comments

in Equipment,Events,portraiture,Tutorials,wish list

The Gary Fong Lightsphere Cloud is a diffuser that fits onto almost any camera flash, and is an item that no event or wedding photographer should be without. Other diffusers on the market merely direct the light, whereas the Gary Fong Lightsphere Cloud illuminates the entire room, mimicking ambient lighting, and produces soft, flattering light.

So how does it work?
Bouncing your flash off the ceiling produces diffused light, but sometimes, depending on your surroundings, this is not always possible. This is where the Gary Fong Lightsphere Cloud makes all the difference…

The majority of the light goes towards the ceiling, however, the bowl (the Tupperware-looking part) is also illuminated, creating an additional light source. Together, this creates a combination of bounce flash, with the benefits of fill-in flash.

Shooting with the dome off with gives you extra power, but you would generally use it on with low ceilings and outdoors.

The dome is also useful for creating a custom white setting. Simply place the dome in front of your lens, and take your reference photo.

You can also point the Lightsphere directly at your subject, and still achieve soft diffused light.

•    Softens light and eliminates contrasty shadows
•    Brightens the ambient light in the room
•    Lightweight & durable
•    Easy to use

•    The product is a little bulky, however it is available in a collapsible unit
•    Some may consider this product as over priced, however, the Gary Fong Lightsphere is the Roles Royce of flash diffusers, with the results to prove it

I recommend using the Gary Fong Lightsphere with the Chrome Dome for added reach, this is especially handy for shooting large group photos.

All the Gary Fong Lightsphere products are distributed in South Africa by Tandem Focus. For more information, call Tristan Hall on 084 465 0195.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Pauline Hibbert September 9, 2010 at 12:03 pm

Hi Rikki. I brought the whole set. Have not played with it yet, but the photographer whom is giving us lessons are trying it for a week to test is. Will let you know!

rikki hibbert September 9, 2010 at 12:07 pm

Hi Pauline! That is fantastic! You’re going to love the Gary Fong products! No more deer in headlights ;-)
Next time let me know before you buy anything, the company that sponsors me is one of the best priced photographic distribution companies in SA. Check out their site:
If you have any questions with the Gary Fong products, just send me a mail ;-)

Craig March 22, 2016 at 4:51 pm

Hi Rikki, great article, thanks.

Seems that the Tandem Focus website does not work anymore, do you know whether they are still the distributors? If so, how would I go about contacting them?


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