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4 Less Common, But No Less Useful Light Modifiers

By Kishore Sawh on February 26th 2015

We can all agree with the cliche, I’m sure, that light affects an image more than just about anything. So it’s no wonder that photographers will spend their children’s college tuition on lights. And then have to spend their lunch money on light modifiers because all of our lights need to be controlled and directed almost like an actor in a film.

There are more choices for modifiers out there than anyone would care to look into, from the classic and obvious light umbrellas and soft boxes, to the wacky…take your pick. It could be that the less classic options tend to be rubbish which is why we stick to them, but there are, in fact, a few good options that often go overlooked given that they’re a bit more unusual, despite being very, very good.


In the video below, Zack Arias has put together an entirely watchable and frank video on 4 lighting modifiers he likes, that often go overlooked. Each has their own purpose, effect, and use, but effective enough and inexpensive enough to find a place in most photographer’s kits and workflow.

Orbis Ring Flash


Orbis is an inexpensive ring flash adapter for speed lights that give the typical bold, harsh shadow ring flash look without the size and cost of a dedicated ring flash.

Lastolite Strobo Gobo


The Lastolite Strobo Gobo works with the Ezybox Hotshoe Strobo Bracket and the Direct to Flashgun Strobo Bracket to allow you to project patterns onto your subject or background. The system comes with a lens and gobo holder combination that mounts to either bracket in front of your shoe-mount flash.


A highly durable modifier created around speed lights, the Saberstrip allows for a soft light look you might get from an umbrella or softbox, without being cumbersome and susceptible to wind.


This is a product we have endorsed time and time again, and for good reason. We love the MagMod family of products and use them regularly in our studio and field work. Their simplicity, durability, ease and speed of use make them a must have. There isn’t a more effective way to swap out modifiers and gels than we’ve found with this system. You can see the video of Pye’s review below, and the full review here.

[REWIND: MagMod Announces Two New and Exciting Flash Modifiers | The MagSphere & MagBounce]

For more from Zack you can check out his YouTube Channel and site.

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A photographer and writer based in Miami, he can often be found at dog parks, and airports in London and Toronto. He is also a tremendous fan of flossing and the happiest guy around when the company’s good.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Vince Arredondo

    I really like Zack Arias approach. Is really clear and honest.

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  2. Emilio Savov

    Love Zack Arias, he can use a ghetto light modifiers and still nail an awesome shot!!! That guy is a talent from another world. And I absolutely support his idea of One Light :) Not to mention the off the chain music that he always uses on his videos, tutorials and stuff :)

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    • Richard Hammer

      I went back and watched One Light 2.0 just for the entertainment value.

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    • Emilio Savov

      I remember back in the days when One Light came out, oh man, the beat, the music and the fact that I can learn while listening to a good music and watching Zack does his magic was simply out of this world :)

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  3. Gurmit Saini

    Now he is a rock star and amazing guy. Love the video, fun to watch and learn.

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  4. Simon Ashby

    Brilliant video and the gadgets and techniques are explained in a way that makes it very easy to understand. Stellar work!

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  5. Lissette Garcia

    Zack Arias could sell me an igloo and I live in Miami. LOVE that man. I love his frankness, bluntness and witty sarcasm. And of course, he can do amazing things with just about any camera.

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  6. Daniel Thullen

    Man, that Zack Arias is a gadget genius! Wish I had a mind like that. Thanks Kishore.

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  7. Steve VanSickle

    As much as love the MagMod, trying to fit the base over a Nikon SB-900/910 is just awful. It’ll go on eventually, but it’s frustrating.

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