The main problem with cameras that have either pop-up flash or built-in flash is that the flash can make your pictures look totally washed out with hard shadows everywhere. Flash is usually bluish white in color but can also pick up other colors from surrounding surfaces such as walls and ceilings.
You can minimize these problems by doing one or more of the following:
1. diffuse the flash and make it less harsh with a translucent material such as clear plastic.
2. reduce flash power by adjusting flash compensation (look for a button with a lightning bolt symbol).
3. reduce flash distance with a wider aperture and a lower ISO value, i.e. f/2.8 at ISO 200
4. increase ambient light with a slower shutter speed and a higher ISO value, i.e. 1/30 at ISO 400
I chose option #1 above and decided to create my own custom flash diffuser. First, I wanted to bounce light over my subject to create a nice contrasting image. Next, I wanted to soften any hard shadows with fill-light. Light quality is usually base on the size of your light source. The bigger the light source is, the more it will become diffused (and brighter) as you get closer to it.
I took the diffuser dome from my SB700 Speedlight and proceeded to create a bounce card and a reflector all-in-one thing. The bounce card will help bounce some of the flash upwards while the reflector will enable me to use fill-flash. Why the reflector? When the flash goes off, some of the light inside the diffuser dome is deflected off the plastic material and ends up back in your face. The nifty little reflector will force the diffused light back towards your subject and all around the room.
Since the weight of the diffuser is now much heavier than before, I had used a velcro strap to secure the diffuser all-in-one thing to the camera's flash head.
Back image of the diffuser dome attached to the camera with a velcro strap. The velcro strap also holds up the flash head from being weight down.
|Front image of the diffuser dome that had come from my SB700 Speedlight. You can use any clear plastic container if you have one.|
The bounce card (just below the flash head) and the reflector (behind the flash head) can be seen here with the diffuser dome removed. Foil tape was used since it is more durable than aluminum foil.
|Side image of the bounce card which will help us deflect some of the flash upwards.|
Final image with the room lights on to give the picture a nice warm fuzzy feeling.
f/5.6, 1/60, ISO 400, matrix metering, +1 FC
Zooming in on the flower, you can see that there is visible light from the bounced flash.
f/5.6, 1/60, ISO 400, matrix metering, +1 FC
Thanks for reading. For my next article, I will get creative using a single Speedlight.
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|Douaumont Ossuary by Eric 54-BNF|
from Armistice Day
|Silhouette at sunset by Jill Hancock|
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