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How to use Scatterflash

Attach a Godox AD200 to a lighting stand • 

Place the Scattergrip on the fresnel head of the AD200 • 

Insert the rods into the Scattergrip • 

Attach the gel to each clip in turn • 

Set the light angle and direction • 

Start shooting and make some magic • 

Light and shade

Shard is inspired by palm fronds and creates a tropical beach feel with a subtle vignette effect highlighting your subject within its hot-spot area.

Alto named after Altocumulus clouds is on cloud nine with its delicate half tones and subtle effect.

Crunch gives a more striking end result with greater contrast and an even distribution of shadows.

Lighting matters

You may find it worthwhile to stand in the position of your subject and look back to the AD200 to ensure a clear patch of gel lies between you and the flash lens. This way you can decide what way to adjust the light position. I find this simple tip speeds up the shooting process.

You can leave the Scattergrip on the AD200 flash head at all times. It will come to no harm and it will always be there when you need it.

Scatterflash rods hold the gels at the optimum distance in front of your Flash to ensure the designs deliver lovely soft edged shadows in your photographs.

Transform your Speedlight into a beautiful light source

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Better by design

In cases of moderate unexpected wind gusts the clips are designed to release the gel before the stand gets blown over. However we always suggest that you weigh down your light stand.

Do be careful when rigging Scatterflash. To avoid eye injury don’t leave the unit at eye height unattended with the rods rigged without a gel attached. 

Scatterflash gels are not designed to work with studio flash heads, flash heads with doughnut or horseshoe shaped flash tubes or flash units with frosted diffuser fronts. They need a small point source of light to create their beautiful shadows.

Do not use the gels with hot lights. They will melt and may catch fire. Use Scatterflash gels with the Godox AD200.

Great on location

"This shot was taken in a disused quarry near to my studio. I used the 'Crunch' Scatterflash gel on a Godox AD200 to light Alice. Being able to simply add 'texture' to a shot using a Speedlight on location is wonderful."

Damien Lovegrove

Watch the video below to see the three Scatterflash gels in use on a plain wall and to see the behind the scenes of the making of this portrait. Then get out on location and bring your neighbourhood locations to life with your Scatterflash.

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Watch a video comparing the Scatterflash gels plus a BTS of the shot above

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Instant success

"Let me show you my first result with the Scatterflash"
Bart Boodts

"Thank you Bart. Have fun creating fabulous light for your clients. Best regards," Damien


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Scatterflash & Scattergels FAQ

"I already have Scattergels, can I just buy a Scatterflash support frame?"

Scattergels are screen printed gels designed to clip to the barn doors of continuous lights. They are available here from the Lovegrove Adventures Website.

Scatterflash, featured here is a different product that I have developed that uses slightly smaller screen printed gels. It is designed to fit the Godox AD200 flash.

I have been ordering the Scatterflash gels in sets of 1000 so I have managed to get the unit cost down to under £2 per sheet. It hardly makes sense to order a Scatterflash kit without the gels as the saving would be negligible. The big costs in Scatterflash are the four carbon fibre rods, the clip fittings, the rubber block and the packaging.

Big flash conundrum

Can I use a Scatterflash with my studio flash head?

In order to create distinct shadows, the light source has to be relatively small. A small point source of light, when shone through a patterned gel or object set a short distance from it, can create beautifully dappled light.

The larger the light source, the further away the gel or object has to be placed to make pleasing shadows and the bigger it has to be for the pattern to have decent coverage in the scene.

In general, non-circular light sources like horseshoe-shaped flash tubes produce ugly shadows. Profoto gets around this by having a diffused front glass on their studio flash heads.

With a light source as small as the fresnel head of a Godox AD200, soft-edged shadows can be created with a gel set just 35cm in front of the flash head. The shadows created are pleasantly soft at this distance. The gel needs to be about 70cm wide to give a decent spread of the pattern in the scene. When the size of the light source is scaled up the gel distance and size increases too. Hence gobos for larger flash heads that are found in studios are often placed a few meters in front of the flash. One way around this need for distance and size maybe to use an intricate optical device to reduce the effective size of the light source, making it 'harder'. Such devices are currently expensive and inefficient.

The best option right now for creating patterned light with flash on location is to use a Godox AD200 unit fitted with the fresnel head and a Scatterflash kit. This combination is small, lightweight, powerful, battery-powered and has HSS, TTL, etc. Godox have inexpensive dedicated triggers available for all modern camera systems.

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