Never know what will happen when you use the Colorsplash Flash and its numerous colourful gels? Worry no more: this is the first test drive I did when I bought mine and now I’m sharing it with you as it really helped me understand what each colour gel does.
Meet Dolly everyone, she’s going to be our model for this review.
(NOTE: No Sheep were hurt during the testing of this amazing product)
At the time I got my wonderful Colorsplash Flash that I had been lusting over for a while, I was also considering buying a Diana Mini, and I wanted to know how it would work with the flash. I wanted to know how strongly would the colour gels influence the pictures so I tried it out first with my digital camera, using the same fixed settings the Diana Mini would have: f/11 (sunny) at 1/100s (N). Also the camera was between 1 and 1,5 meters away from the subject. (This article is great when it comes to the ColorSplash light range).
First of all I felt the need to number/name each coloured gel separately, and use the numbers as a way to know which picture belonged with which colour. This number will be visible in the tests bellow.
I should point out that the ColourSplash comes with an assortment of 12 different coloured gels, but of these only 10 are interchangeable. The Flash itself allows for 4 colours to coexist at any given time, but 2 of the slots can’t be opened. This leaves us with 2 colours that are always present (I called them light blue and light yellow).
I did the test with two types of flash. First I used the colour gels on the flash that belongs to the Canon (digital camera), and afterwards I did the same test with the ColourSplash itself fitted in the same camera’s hot shoe.
At the time I had also read a tipster that explained how you could get a DIY flash diffuser, so I was curious about that also, which led to another battery of tests.
All in all I think I managed a very nice way of sharing my results given the variables above.
The picture bellow showcases the results you’ll get with the Canon Flash, with the coloured gels applied with some tape. (In this case two of the colours could not be tested as they are locked inside the ColourSplash Flash). On the left column you can see the results I got without the homemade diffuser on, and on the right you can see them with the diffuser put in place.
As you can see in this case the diffuser doesn’t really make much of a difference. I believe this is related to the shorter light range the Canon’s flash has (meaning the light doesn’t reach very far).
On this other picture bellow, you can see the pictures I took with the ColourSplash Flash itself, fitted on the Canon, and in this case all colours could be tested. As above the column on the right shows the pictures with the diffuser in, and on the left without.
Here are some photos I later took with the Diana Mini and the Colorsplash Flash (you need to buy the Diana Flash Adapter to do this):
I truly hope these tests can help you get a better understanding of the potential the Colorplash Flash has, and what a great addition it is to your camera gear.