Techniques

Creative flash techniques

BOUNCE AND SWIVEL FLASH

Effects: Soften harsh shadow and enables natural lighting

Direct firing of flash would often result in shadow being formed on the wall. To overcome this, flash can be bounce and swivel to reflect off ceiling or walls to soften or eliminate the cast shadow.

To produce best reflect effect, choose a white or light color surface and experiment with different bounce and swivel angle. Note that when using bounce flash, 2-3 f/stop of light will be lost due to reflection.

Other points to note:
1.Bounce flash will cast the color of the ceiling/walls onto the subject;
2.The further the reflecting surface to the subject, the less chances of light falling onto the subject as light intensity was reduced;
3.Using bounce flash will soften light intensity and produce more natural background lighting but may result in underexpose subject.


SECONDARY FLASH ILLUMINATION

Effects: Provide even and soft illumination for macro photography

For macro photography, it is often not practical to use direct frontal flash due to lighting distance restriction and harsh light resulted from frontal flash.

Macro ring flash, such as the DRF14 provides a well, even and soft illumination on macro subject. Since DRF14 is mounted directly on the lens, well distributed light can be applied to the subject as close as the lens could remain in focus. Fine details on subjects can be accurately rendered with the advanced TTL lighting control built in the DRF14.

Other points to note:
1.For maximum soft effect and precise front illumination, it is recommended to bounce the primary reflector at 90 degree on white/light colored ceiling;
2.Under high or dark colored ceiling, front illumination with primary reflector is advised;