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Using Bounce Flash

Bounce flash is a simple technique that photographers use to improve the lighting on their subject. This is not to be confused with bouncing your SB-900 off the concrete, which I’ve done on more than one occasion. This invaluable technique requires no accessories or adapters. All you need is a speedlight with a tilting flash head, which is standard on all current models, with the exception of the SB-R200.

Bounce flash is exactly what it sounds like: the light from your speedlight is bounced onto a surface, which then falls onto the subject. Most of the time, bounce flash is used when there’s a low, white ceiling you can use; however, other surfaces work just as well. This technique improves your flash photos 100 percent. On-camera flash gives a harsh, flat light reminiscent of old Polaroids, where every subject seemed to have demonic red eye.


  

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