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Bounce flash for soft lighting that feels warm and natural.
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Bounce lighting (indirect lighting)     EF50mm f/1.4 USM, 1/15, f/4
Sample photo analysis
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Direct lighting
Direct lighting
 
BounceFlash Placement The main photograph was taken by bouncing the flash diagonally off a white ceiling above the family's heads. This spread the illumination over the entire scene and achieved an excellent balance with the incandescent room lighting.

The other photo was taken with a directly aimed flash, resulting in shadows on the wall and uneven lighting. Areas hit strongly by the flash are white, while other areas are warmly colored by a combination of weaker flash illumination and incandescent light.
A bounce flash enables natural lighting with soft light reflections.
Direct firing of flash units at subjects in a room tends to cast unnatural shadows on the walls. Such shadows can be prevented by using a diffuser or first bouncing the flash off a ceiling or wall. This versatile bounce flash technique is effective in various shooting environments, especially when soft lighting is required to naturally capture the subject's facial expression. The color of the wall or ceiling, and its distance from the flash unit, affects the intensity of the illumination reaching the subject. But the desired light level is easily achieved with an EX Series Speedlite by using automatic flash exposure to fire a preflash and then adjusting the light level.
Bounce flash tips
・ Choose a white or bright-colored surface.
Bouncing the flash off a white or bright-colored surface helps reduce the loss of light and prevent transmission of the surface color to the subject.

・ Try different bounce directions.
When bouncing the flash off a ceiling, reflected light from directly above the subject may create unwanted shadows on the face. The key to preventing such shadows is to bounce the flash diagonally off the ceiling toward the subject. Bouncing the flash off the right or left wall can create a better sense of depth by adding natural shades to the subject.

・ Adjust the distance between the flash and bounce surface.
The further the flash unit is moved from the bounce surface, the softer the resulting flash illumination will be (as long as the flash level is not adjusted). Note that at extreme distances, the flash becomes too weak to affect the image.
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