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Off Camera Bounce Fill

Off Camera Bounce Fill

At long last, an intelligent flash. Finally sprang for the Canon 580ex and am finding I don't have to do as much thinking as with previous less automatic flashes. Don't have to take several test shots before I hone in on a good exposure. Here I was testing out the off-camera cord and put the flash on a LIGHTWEIGHT light stand. Emphasis on the "lightweight" because it easily tipped over from the pull on the curled cord that attaches it to the camera. (That's why I saw an assistant carrying what looked like sandbags on the instruction DVD for the flash. Well worth the $20 price for that DVD, by the way.) I pointed the flash at the side of the cat opposite to the sliding door, which gives lovely light on one side, but requires some sort of fill light on the right. A smaller aperture would give me greater depth of field. There were some tell-tale shiny reflections of the wood, but I either cloned or patch-tooled them out. By the way, this room has a vaulted ceiling which goes from 9 to 12 feet in height - not an ideal situation for bounce lighting. You can see the catchlights in her eyes that were created by the catchlight reflector built into the 580ex.

Canon EOS 350D
1/60s f/4.5 at 40.0mm iso400 with Flash full exif

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Rene Hales26-Mar-2006 02:30
Nice warm colors and very natural look. Thanks for sharing what you are learning.--Rene
Debbi In California25-Mar-2006 16:02
Great instructional comment!
Thanks so much Isabel!