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Light bounches
Posted By: Hitmanone, 08-02-2012, 04:26 AM

For those they use an external flash unit!

The new wave and style demand a better and more complicated way to use the flash...most of the photographers use their flash straight forward making an image most of the times flat, deleting any FOV... in order to make a photo shot with flash to feel more natural or more un-natural you must bounce the light that the flash is producing, that way you get a studio feeling in your photos and they are most of the times more appreciated.. in the professional level this is must to know and use Technic due to the big competition out there...

What you need to know its how the light bounces and what this affects to the photo...
The things that you must always have in mind are :
The shape of the surface as well the material you bouncing the light, the color and the distance of the bouncing surface and the distance of your target...

The Shape and material :
The shape is crucial due to its ability to reflect the light as you want it or if it will deflect the light at all!
you must know also how reflective is the material you bouncing the light...if its a mirror for example you must low the flash power, or if its a sponge like material you must raise the flash power

The Color:
The Color plays a big role on the outcome of the shot! you must always be aware of the color or colors of the surfaces the light will bounce, you must set your white balance correct according to the surface color! i personally recommend Kelvin values because its the most accurate way to control the white balance. also you must check how much light the color takes or give...for example if the surface you bounch the light is black you need to raise the flash power, if its white you need either to leave it as it is or to low the power..

The distance of the surface :
You must again be aware of the distance of the surface you want to bounce the light and according to the distance you must set the power of the flash!

The distance of the target:
You must always know were to aim the flash and how strong must be the flash in order to make the correct bounce and find your target..

The Merits and Flaws of this Technic:
First of all most customer will love your photos and they will know that their 150euro compact camera with the 16mp
cannot give them this quality! second you reduce the chances to almost zero for red eyes, third you are not annoying or blinding anybody, 4rth you have a very good DOF and FOV even if your lense doesn't go below of 3,5F, you have also a good if not perfect overall light to your theme and background, crystal clear colors and good ambient feeling...

The only flaws i can find are first and the one with the most impact, battery life...the bouncing technic need most of the time to play with power of the flash and this kills the battery life and drops the flashes to half or maybe less..
the second is that the through the lens doesn't work...the ttl modes doesn't work correctly and its better to have manual mode in the flash as well, 3rd it has so many variables that makes it really difficult some times...4rth it needs a lot of practice!

Thanks for reading!
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