Photography podcast #105 offers up tips on how to improve your bounced flash photography. Bouncing your flash off of walls and ceilings is easy and really softens the light which is often desirable especially in portraits. You can also achieve a much more interesting lighting pattern versus direct on-camera flash. You can often achieve great results with minimal effort and minimal help; I often use bounced flash when I am shooting alone and need a quick lighting setup.
The images below of my wife Carmy were shot in about 5 minutes against a slightly green wall in my livingroom. The tones in the face and background wall are similar but not identical in all images and I deliberately chose not to match them to see the subtle differences. These differences are due to the different ways that the light bounced around the room. There were windows in the room but the day was cloudy and no direct light was shining through the windows. Images are unretouched.
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