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02-08-2021, 06:34 PM - 1 Like   #16
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Very helpful to all of those except landscape (and even with landscape it is possible to make creative use of flash, especially off-camera).

Flash is surprisingly useful outdoors. This was a revelation to me - I got this tip from a member here. The main use outdoors is for "fill" - that is, to supplement the ambient light - rather than as the main source. It helps to bring out detail and colour in birds ...






... animals




... flowers


... insects


... and spiders


The main thing here is not to overdo it. You can adjust the flash exposure; I generally set it so that the flash adds no more than say 0.7-1.5 stops to the exposure. The ideal is that you can't tell that the photo was taken with a flash, except perhaps for a nice catchlight in the eye of the subject.

Fill is helpful when shooting with backlighting, to even up the exposure ...


Of course you may need it for the main light, rather than fill, for nocturnal animals.

The key in this situation is to get the flash off the camera, to avoid the "deer-in-the-headlights" look. This was with the compact, lightweight and inexpensive Godox TT350P ( held at arm's length in my left hand, triggered by an on-camera Godox XPro-P (another TT350P or other Godox TTL flash like the V1 could also do this). (I used this technique for some of the photos above too, such as the insect shot and the flower shot, in which I also used a cheap diffuser to soften the flash beam.)

The TT350P has been mentioned earlier - it is also sold by Adorama rebranded as Flashpoint: https://www.adorama.com/fplfsmminip.html?

With photos indoors, your shots can be transformed by good use of flash. This usually involves diffusing the flash - that is, using the flash on-camera and bouncing the beam off walls, ceilings, reflectors, etc or using it off-camera with the light spread by a softbox, flash umbrella or the like.

Starting with on-camera, there is a lot of information about how to use bounce flash effectively, but Neil van Niekerk is a good place to start:
Bounce flash photography tutorial
How to bounce your flash
You will see that he often uses a piece of black material (his home-made "black foamie thing") to direct the flash to bounce off a wall or something, so that no flash hits the subject directly:
Video tutorial - Using the 'black foamie thing'
This is not just for pros. "Flagging" a flash like this can work well in everyday domestic situations, as @mcgregni has shown here:
Indoor Exposure Mixing - PentaxForums.com
Little Fairy - PentaxForums.comFlashes, A Flag and Domestic Portraits
Flashes, A Flag and Domestic Portraits
Thank you for the information Des. I enjoyed your pictures also.

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You're welcome! As Nigel has shown, you don't need a "black foamie thing" specifically - any of the cheap ebay flags with a velcro attachment can do the job.
I've been overthinking it. More softbox instead of dumbing it down.
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It would simplify so many portrait setups for me, particularly those kinda fast-faced ones.
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I've been overthinking it. More softbox instead of dumbing it down.
I've never used a proper softbox, but they must kill any informality with family and friends. Plus you would always be tagged as a kind of camera nerd.
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I've been overthinking it. More softbox instead of dumbing it down.
I have a portable soft box attachment for my flash but it assumes a rectangular head.

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I have a portable soft box attachment for my flash but it assumes a rectangular head.
In fairness most of my softboxes are intended for the studio, but in recent months I've been carrying one or two on remote/location portrait shoots. I realized after browsing the links Des offered, and thinking about where I've been needing to augment light, I really don't need to carry a couple of AD200's plus speedlights and softboxes and lightstands most of the time. An on-camera flash, plus a cord and a very small diffuser "in case" is really all I require.

As I said, I believe I've been overthinking it.
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I've never used a proper softbox, but they must kill any informality with family and friends. Plus you would always be tagged as a kind of camera nerd.
Depends on how much they like the pictures you share with them after the event. I started shooting my family's events a few years back and have gotten to the point that I set up speed lights on stands with umbrellas and shot portraits for everyone. They probably do think I'm a nerd, but they love the pictures and keep asking me to do it!
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I have a portable soft box attachment for my flash but it assumes a rectangular head.
Fstoppers remarked on this issue in their review of the V1: Round Heads are All the Rage: Fstoppers Reviews the Godox V1 | Fstoppers The reviewer does say that it works well with a shoot-through umbrella.

A quick search brought up some softboxes that will work with round-headed flashes like the V1, e.g Lifefoto KU-8. There also seem to be brackets for Bowens/S type mounts for the V1.

Not much use if you have modifiers that only fit rectangular heads (e.g. my Magmod flash extender).


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Adorama sells an s-type Bowens mount that fits a round head flash or 2 rectangular ones side by side.

https://www.adorama.com/glbdsm02pro.html?

Also they have a line of MagMod type modifiers specifically for the roundhead flashes.

https://www.adorama.com/fplfxsr1k.html

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