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eubanks01 08-10-2007 11:18 AM

Any tips on flash angles and/or settings for doing indoor portraits? Friends of ours just had a baby and asked for us to do a little photo session at their house. I have a 580ex...no diffuser just the on-board one. <BR> <BR>I have a friend that shoots portraits and weddings and had me try a technique where you aim the flash up over your right shoulder. Assuming the ceiling and back wall are 30 feet away then you get a nicely light subject without the harsh flash effects of point the flash directly at your subject. I've tried this with decent results but just wanted any other tips for this situational shooting. <BR> <BR>Shooting with a DR and 50/1.8.

scott_a 08-10-2007 12:05 PM

<a href="http://www.strobist.com" target="_blank">www.strobist.com</a> <BR> <BR>...best...website...ever. <BR> <BR> <BR>btw- there are plenty of ways to soften the flash light through the use of diffusers and soft boxes.

peter_c 08-10-2007 12:25 PM

I always use a <a href="http://cgi.ebay.com/Flash-Diffuser-Dome-For-CANON-430EX-580EX-14_W0QQitemZ160144920238QQihZ006QQcategoryZ64354QQ ssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem" target="_blank">diffuser</a> indoors, and if the ceiling is low enough, point the flash up to bounce the light off the ceiling. Many pros will use two flashes in soft boxes for portrait type work. <BR> <BR>Good luck on your subject <img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/clipart/biggrin.gif" border=0>

eubanks01 08-10-2007 1:39 PM

I meant in my first post that "if the ceiling and/or wall is NOT too far away". I have found that bouncing off the ceiling pointing foward causes shadows beneath the eyes and nose from the light shooting down from the ceiling. You don't run into this? Thanks for the help.

richd 08-11-2007 7:57 AM

Check out the fong bong on Gary Fong's website. His diffuser does a better job then the omnibounce.

rson 08-13-2007 1:57 PM

Hint for the subject... <BR> <BR>Make a bean bag for the kid(not a big one), it will cradle him for better shots. You can bring different swatches of material to place over the bag. <BR> <BR>(Message edited by Rson on August 13, 2007)

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