Moore Tips: Using Bounce Flash

from scary to soft and beautiful

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You’ve probably seen photos where the light looked soft and beautiful and photos where the light looked harsh and made a person’s wrinkles and lines show up…possibly making them look older and a little scary.

 
I have some super simple tips today to help your flash photos go from scary to soft and beautiful.
 

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I also have an awesome giveaway for you!  Just share your questions or thoughts about bouncing flash in the comments and you’ll automatically be entered in the giveaway for your favorite Kelly Moore Bag!
  
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using your flash more effectively

In the below photos, I’m going to give you my step by step process that I think through in my head (I go into more detail in my video above–make sure to check it out)!

 
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step 1: evaluate my surroundings

My dance floor was relatively dark, but I had LOTS of interesting ambient lights around the room to add interest to the background of my photo. 
 
This is my FAVORITE reception scenario.  So I knew I was going to use the ambient lights in the room and my flash. 
 
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step 2: setting your camera before the flash

I set my camera setting first with my flash off. My camera settings were around 2.0 Aperture, 400-800 iso, and around 25 shutter speed.

What?? a SLOW shutter speed?? Yes!! I do this ONLY when there is no or minimal ambient light on my subject. By doing this, I blur my background ambient light, but my subject is frozen with my flash. I always feel this gives the photos a sense of movement.

 
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step 3: turn on your flash

I know this sounds like a super easy step but it’s easy to forget.  You’ll take a photo, wonder why it’s so dark, and think you have your settings all wrong.  

The truth? You got everything set and forgot to do the last step!

 
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three steps for bouncing your flash

Needing help with just one of these steps?  Check out the video times below to go straight to the step you need most.

Step #1 (5:50) Observe your surroundings and evaluate your light sources
Step #2 (6:03) Always set your camera first
Step #3 (7:50) Turn on your flash

real life examples 

If you haven’t gotten to check out the video yet but you’re wishing someone would walk you through how to set your flash in real life.  Make sure to check out the times below to see a couple of real life examples in some different settings.

Shooting with ambient light (8:10)

Shooting without ambient light (11:32)

Shooting with ambient light as a backlight (14:25)

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