Impromptu portrait with bounce flash
Faustina, a model, arrived early for the video shoot in the studio today. We chatted while she waited for her team to arrive. She just started a Youtube channel with fashion tips, and is an aspiring photographer. She had questions about photography … so she earned herself a lecture about photography. That’s what you get for hanging out with me. Careful what you ask for!
On-camera bounce flash, the usual, proper way for awesome light. This really is an impromptu photo – not overly posed, to show her how I use flash. And I think that is the point of this – flash photography can look *this* good with minimal effort. Minimal equipment, and especially, no flash diffusers and crap. Just the flash bounced over my left shoulder … into the direction that I wanted the light to come from. It is that simple and quick to get superb off-the-cuff portraits indoors.
I know it is a topic we regularly cover here – tutorials on bounce flash photography – but this was just such an efficient portrait – the first shot worked! Done! It had to work – the technique is simple. With that, I wanted to show it here as consistent inspiration that we don’t need complicated lighting setups – just good light.
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Camera settings and gear used
- 1/125 @ f/3.5 @ 1250 ISO
- TTL flash +0.7 FEC
- Ambient exposure was about 3 stops under.
- Instagram – Faustina
- How to bounce flash
- Tutorial: Bounce flash photography
- review: Best light modifiers for on-camera flash
- How do you meter for TTL flash & ambient light?
- Portrait photography: Lighting with bounce flash (model: Claudia)
- Simple lighting setup to photograph kids indoors – Bounce flash!