Video tutorial – Using the ‘black foamie thing’
The piece of foam can be ordered via this affiliate link. I cut the sheet into smaller pieces. The BFT is held in position by two hair bands, and the BFT is usually placed on the under-side of the flash-head.
The linked articles will give clearer instruction, especially this video clip on how to use the black foamie thing.
Regarding the photographs shown in the video clip:
camera settings: 1/250 @ f3.5 @ 400 ISO
I used maximum sync speed since I wanted to eliminate as much of the ambient light I could for this demonstration so that pretty much only the flash registers in the final image. (Clicking through to the linked image will show the same photo without flash – just to give you an idea of the total effect of the on-camera flash.)
This next image is the one where I peeled back the BFT and used it in that half-bounce position … still aiming for the same spot on the ceiling as before, but without the BFT blocking the direct light on Anelisa. You can clearly see that there is direct flash falling on her, even with the flash pointing upwards and slightly towards her. You definitely need to flag your flash in this case to get that quality of light that we’re seeking.
- How to bounce flash
- The black foamie thing
- Throw away the tupperware!
- Bounce flash technique – mimicking soft window light
- Bounce flash & short lighting (workshop in Cork, Ireland)
- An example of bounce flash technique (cute baby)
- Bounce flash & catchlights
- Why I use a light modifier that is black
- Bridal portrait with bounce flash
- Directional light from your on-camera flash
Video tutorials to help you with flash photography
If you like learning by seeing best, then these video tutorials will help you with understanding flash photography techniques and concepts. While not quite hands-on, this is as close as we can get to personal instruction. Check out these and other video tutorials and online photography workshops.
With this being the 1st such video clip that we attempted, there were quite a few times I messed up or lost my place. Some are shown in this clip of out-takes …
Techie details about the video clip itself
The sound recorded via Sennheiser G2 wireless microphone system.
Video clip edited in iMovie ’11
Music for the video clip provided by Triple Scoop Music
Equipment used for the HD video:
Canon 5D mk II
Canon 24-105mm f4L IS