Daily Giz Wiz 377: Gary Fong's Lightsphere II

Episode 377 of the podcast

Gary Fong's Lightsphere II
Subject: Review of Gary Fong's Lightsphere II
Released:Tuesday 14 August 2007
Length:about 12 minutes
Download file:DGW-377.mp3 (5.6 MB)
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Short info

It's turn the tables Tuesday, and Leo reviews the Gary Fong Lightsphere - a better way to take flash pictures. (Requires a separate flash strobe, though.)

Detailed information

For your SLR camera with external flash.  The "Lightsphere" fits on to your flash and avoids that cold harshness of the flash and gives you gentler, diffuse light.  The Lightsphere Clear covers a larger distance and gives a cooler effect, while the Lightsphere Cloud gives a warmer softer atmosphere.  Comes in sizes, so check the size chart to see which one fits your flash.

The Lightsphere can be used on its own, but you can add "dome" accessories to this accesory: the ChromeDome, AmberDome and InvertedDome.

The ChromeDome on the left is for increasing the power of your flash (or shortening recharge time), while still giving you diffuse light.  The AmberDome in the middle maintains the correct white balance while you shoot in Tungsten mode with your flash.  The InvertedDome on the right is actually the original cap that comes with the Lightsphere for reducing the flash output while shooting a subject at a closer distance, but is offered as a replacement part.

NBC and GEC

At various times, GEC owned NBC.  The old NBC 3-note signature tune consisted of the 3 musical notes G-E-C.  Leo used to work in an NBC-owned radio station, that's how he knew.

Getting Even with the Tech Guy

Speaking of radio shows, the latest episode of The Tech Guy, Leo's radio show which is released as a podcast download, was released yesterday, as Episode 377 (from his Saturday show last weekend).  Today, the Daily Giz Wiz has caught up with the Tech Guy in terms of number of episodes.  The Tech Guy from last Sunday should be released sometime this week as Episode 378, so by this Thursday the lastest, when DGW reaches Episode 379, DGW will definitely overtake the Tech Guy, as the most prolific podcast on the TWiT network.

What's My Line?

Dick picked up Arlene Francis's mask from "What's My Line?" when the show closed.

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