Louise - Learning Flash Techniques

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  1. Dancook

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    I was looking at flash photography for weddings and came across this
    video clip - using the black foamie thing - Tangents

    Well I already have rogue grid snoot, so I took the mesh off and had a go
    http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/gadgetlab/2011/03/rogue-grid.jpg

    I also added a CTO gel to the flash, as I was also practicing matching the ambient lighting - which was a terrible bare bulb.

    No Flash
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    Light Bulb
    by dancook1982, on Flickr

    I dialed the setting to exposure for ambient light

    Flash Bounced off Wall with no Snoot
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    Without Snoot
    by dancook1982, on Flickr

    At a certain angle the light would leak from the edge of the flash and create shadows

    Flash Bounced off Wall with snoot
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    With Snoot
    by dancook1982, on Flickr

    Looks even

    Colour Corrected in Lightroom
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    With Snoot White Balanced
    by dancook1982, on Flickr

    :thumbsup:

    So now I can see the problems that can come with bouncing light off walls, and how to overcome it! Just needed to do it myself for the experience.

    Next up some goofy photos of Louise....
     
  2. Dancook

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  3. snerkler

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    Nice teaching aid, thanks. And nice/funny pics :)

    I'm a bit puzzled as to why a snoot gives a more even spread of light though, I'd have thought it would be less diffuse :confused:

    Edit, just seen the link which explains that you're blocking direct flash :facepalm:
     
  4. Dancook

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    It's because all the light is bounced off the wall from the side, instead of some leaking out from the edge of the flash itself. The leaked light from the flash hitting the subject will be more direct, more harsh and overpower the diffused side lighting.
     
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    Thanks, just seen that in the link and edited my post ;) Amazing how much light 'leaks' directly to the subject even when the flash is directed away :eek:
     
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    Thanks, had to stop at the first paragraph though:-

    "Now that you are getting comfortable with the idea of shooting a light into an umbrella or ceiling, creating the lighting ratio and being color correct, it's time to start stretching a little."

    I'm not comfortable with any of them :laugh:
     
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    ...then check out the rest of the site ;) :p
     
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    It's on the "to do" list ;)
     
  10. Dancook

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    I got some black foamie stuff, and hair bands - thought i'd give it a go.

    I've used the ceiling to bounce for portraits before, but bouncing off the walls - and paying attention to it and getting consistent results is quite rewarding. Especially considering how far it can go, one test shot in the kitchen, my flash fired out of the kitchen - managed to still light my full expose my subject (light wise!)

    So these four photos were taken with bounce flash, no gel. Whilst #3 was in a small kitchen - the others were in a large open plan office.

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    FQ2A4612
    by dancook1982, on Flickr

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    by dancook1982, on Flickr

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    by dancook1982, on Flickr
     
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    All good Dan!
     
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    Very nice Dan, the black foamie thing looks a triumph :smashin:
     
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    These are great... Louise is crackers....:rotfl:
     
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    ...the wedding proved that.... :rotfl:
     

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