help with lighting

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by mikeeramones, Jul 7, 2008.

  1. mikeeramones macrumors newbie

    May 15, 2008
  2. TimJim macrumors 6502a

    May 15, 2007
    Your link just redirects me to

    Bouncing the flash is when you point the flash unit at the floor/ceiling/wall and bounce the light from the flash onto the subject.
  3. anubis macrumors 6502a

    Feb 7, 2003
    Bouncing flash means using a flash unit like the Canon 430 speedlite. Flash units like that have a swivel head that you can use to project the flash onto a large wall or ceiling, which results in a more extended light source for more natural looking photos.

    This is covered in any digital photography how-to book. Try visiting a local library or bookstore and pick up a book or two on digital photography. Good luck!
  4. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    It's one of those things that is easy to understand but hard to master. "bounce" is easy. Youi aim the light at some large flat object like a wall or ceiling and then it is is that wall or ceiling that iluminates the subject.

    The general principe is that physically large light sources are "soft". Clouds on an overcast day are "large" as are walls and ceilings. The little light built into a compact camera is "small" and makes a very "un-soft" light. Use soft light to avoid that effect you describe. When a flash is aimed at a wall the size of the light source is the size of the bright spot on the wall.

    The other qualities of light are direction and fill ratio. Learn to control softness, direction and ratio and then you have it. After that you will know the technology and "only" have the art left to master.

    It is easy to find books on portrait lighting at Amazon or a library. Even very old books from the black and white film era are still good. Look at art books that predeate photography. Rembrandt was as master of lighting. Look at his paintings. You will see that he use large light sources (like windows) and a horizontal light direction
  5. compuwar macrumors 601


    Oct 5, 2006
    Northern/Central VA
    To get rid of red-eye, you simply need the flash away from the lens axis, a device called a "flash bracket" is usually used for this purpose. For good flash, you need to diffuse the light, bouncing off a low ceiling or bounce card or putting it through some kind of diffuser are all popular methods. Google "Better Bounce Card" for a cheap/effective device.

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