Product Review: Rogue FlashBender
I was recently lucky enough to have the opportunity to try out a Rouge FlashBender from the great folks over at ExpoImaging. Being relatively new to using a single off-camera flash I was curious to see how I might be able to gain more control of my light. And I think I’ve found my answer!
I’ve had a good deal of experience with continuous lighting for video and have always had a softbox to work with to diffuse the light and create nice even lighting over my subjects. In some portrait situations, rather than using my softbox, which is certainly powerful enough for video, but isn’t always the right light to use for photography, I would set my speedlight up behind a Westcott Scrim Jim panel to get the job done. It’s a good solution but it takes some time to setup and tear down.
I needed something that would get the job done with less work and offered more control.
That’s where the Rogue FlashBender comes in. This durable, versatile flash-mounted accessory makes for a perfect addition to your kit. It’s dynamic enough for even the most seasoned photographer and easy enough for the humblest of beginner.
With this one attachment you have a positionable reflector, flag, and snoot all in one, giving you countless lighting options for even your trickiest of situations. Using the Large Positionable Reflector (10″x11″, which will run you only $39.95) I used the built-in velcro strap to secure it to my speedlight, pointed the flash straight up, and bent the three bendable fingers to help shape the light and I shot away.
After trying a variety of options, I finally settled into using the position found in the center image below and found it to do a great job of both hitting the subject with light while flagging off the background to keep it’s natural quality of light intact.
From the first test shots I took, I was amazed at the results. I set the flash back about 5-6 feet from my subject and got a beautiful, even distribution of light that allowed me to really capture a great moment from a subject that is often far too wiggly to capture without blurring (below).
What really got me was when I setup to shoot our Christmas cards for this year. I had the same wiggly little boy as my subject and this time he was more likely to get cranky, so I knew I needed to do it quickly and get it done right. So, I set everything up as I had for my tests, with a slight change in location, and I fired away. Taking only a handful of frames I captured a tremendous shot which, I think, is by far my best portrait ever (below).
I am in love with the Rouge FlashBender and would highly recommend it to anyone out there looking for more control over your light. Using one will vastly improve your lighting and will take your photographs to a whole new level. It won’t only help you out with posed setups, but it will also allow you to have the freedom to grab some more candid, unplanned shots as well, like the one below.
I swear by these things and I really hope that you will consider adding one to your kit. It’s well worth the price and the results will surely speak for themselves. The possibilities are endless.
*Disclaimer: While all of my reviews are honest and represent my personal opinions, the product reviewed was provided by the vendor free of charge.