199A Speedlite : How to set and use bounce flash.

Article ID: ART123981 | Date published: 05/12/2015 | Date last updated: 08/17/2015


How to set and use bounce flash


Tilting of the Flash Head

The flash head can be tilted upward to 90° with clicks stops at 75° and 60° positions

Adjust the position of the head according to the height of the ceiling and the flash to subject distance

  • The easiest method of bounce flash photography is to tilt the head 90° and bounce the flash against the ceiling
  • At 0° position the flash is fired directly to the subject is in front, the flash head is designed to face slightly downward (-3°) for parallax compensation in order to avoid unnatureal shadows
  • The necessary conditions for bounce flash photographer are that the surface where the flash is to be bounced should be wide in area, should not be colored and should have a high reflection efficiency
  • Surfaces with low reflection efficiency or colored surfaces badly effect color reproduction. High ceiling are also not very good. In there cases use a white reflecting object such as poster paper
  • The closer the reflection surface is brought to the flash, the greater the contrast. A soft effect is obtained when the reflection surface is drawn away from the flash unit.



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