Tips For Great Bounce Flash
Using an external flash in your photography can seem intimidating, but once you grasp the basics of how it works, it all becomes very simple. Photography studio, Mango Studios, has an almost seamless style from shooting in natural light to shooting event photography coverage with artificial light. This is the main goal when using an external flash in your photography, as you want to avoid harsh, unflattering light. Below are a few tips to help create effortless flash coverage in your photography.
The first step to creating flawless event photography using an external flash is to properly expose the image first with just ambient light. Try using manual settings on your camera to set the proper ISO, aperture, shutter speed, so that the room looks as properly exposed as possible. Once you’ve determined the best exposure for the room, you want to try to use your flash as an enhancement to the ambient light that is already available. Treat your flash like a little pop of extra light to highlight your subject vs. using your flash as the main source of light in your photography. It can take a lot of trial and error, but using manual settings on your flash can really help you understand how it all works and help your photography grow.
The next step to achieving perfect flash photography is to position your external flash so that the light bounces at a flattering angle. To do this, rotate your flash 45 degrees to the left or right of the back of your camera and to angle the flash down slightly so that it is not pointed directly at the ceiling above you. Using these angles should eliminate any need for extra gadgets like a diffuser, as the light will bounce enough to diffuse on it’s own. When looking through your photography, notice where the light from the flash is hitting your subject. It’s very easy to get a flat photograph using artificial light, but the goal is to create depth with highlights and shadows in your photography.
Another tip to getting the best light in your flash photography is to search for white or light coloured surfaces in the room to bounce your flash off of. Shooting event photography in a ballroom with all white walls and ceilings is a photographer’s dream come true. With your flash pointed at the right angle, the light will happily bounce off of all the white surfaces and diffuse beautifully across your subject. Sometimes you may not be so lucky in your event photography, and you may be in a room with dark walls or dark decor that covers all the light surfaces. For tough situations like this, the trick is to pick a few key spots around the room that you think will have the best flash bounce and spend extra time getting your settings just right. Then remember your spots and your settings and try your best to stick to them throughout the event.
Use these simple tips to achieve flawless flash coverage in your photography.