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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2007 3:11 pm 
Hi,
I'm just curious as to why some photographers tilt their external flash 45 degrees or directly up the ceiling? Can anybody tell me under what circumstances do you have to do this?
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2007 3:14 pm 
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I'm no expert but I would hazard a guess that indirect lighting is much kinder to the subject, it avoids red-eye and after the light has bounced back down from the ceiling it is approaching the subject from a much more natural direction.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2007 4:54 am 
Thanks Bob. :D


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2007 12:21 am 
i'm definetely not an expert, but I remember reading about this recently. Basically it eliminates shadows from behind the subject.


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 08, 2007 12:02 am 
Bounce directly to a light reflecting ceiling or towards the subject at 45-60 degrees up.

What this does is reduce the harshness that an external flash can create. Also a dark background from behind the subject.

To work around this use a diffuser like the Gary Fong Lightsphere II. There are two versions.

1) Translucent
2) Cloud

Both should be used for different photo shooting sessions when a proper lighting studio is not a possibility.

For portraits use the Cloud version with the flash pointing to the ceiling or if within an enclosed area to the side, if there is a reflective wall as it will bounce around to the subject.

The result is that the subject’s skin tone etc will look warmer. In addition, the diffuser lights up the background if a group is being photographed etc.

Therefore, if you want to, or there is a situation for a flash, then a Gary Fong diffuser is necessary. I am getting mine in the US as the price in the UK is a rip-off.

In the US, they are about $46 each. In the UK they are £46 each. I don't think so.


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