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Old    Eubanks (eubanks01)      Join Date: Jun 2001       08-10-2007, 10:18 AM Reply   
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.

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.

Shooting with a DR and 50/1.8.
Old    Scott (scott_a)      Join Date: Dec 2002       08-10-2007, 11:05 AM Reply   
www.strobist.com

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btw- there are plenty of ways to soften the flash light through the use of diffusers and soft boxes.
Old    Peter_C (peter_c)      Join Date: Sep 2001       08-10-2007, 11:25 AM Reply   
I always use a diffuser 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.

Good luck on your subject
Old    Eubanks (eubanks01)      Join Date: Jun 2001       08-10-2007, 12:39 PM Reply   
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.
Old    Rich Dykmans (richd)      Join Date: Oct 2003       08-11-2007, 6:57 AM Reply   
Check out the fong bong on Gary Fong's website. His diffuser does a better job then the omnibounce.
Old    Rich (rson)      Join Date: Jun 2002       08-13-2007, 12:57 PM Reply   
Hint for the subject...

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.

(Message edited by Rson on August 13, 2007)

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