Off camera flash without an umbrella or soft box

Discussion in 'Photography' started by A_Lee, Mar 30, 2010.

  1. A_Lee

    A_Lee Guest

    Has anyone had any luck/tips for using an off camera flash without a softbox/umbrella for portraits, and/or other miscellaneous things?
  2. Ibn

    Ibn Supporting Member

    Yes. You don't have to have either, you can bounce the flash. It eats up more power from your flashes, which isn't a big deal really (I use 2 quantum turbos in addition to carrying like 30 AA batteries with me).

    What the softbox/umbrella does is it softens the light and creates more balanced lighting. For portraits, it's nice to be able to control that. Also, don't forget the cheapest light modifier out there, reflectors. A single bounced flash with a reflector and some ambient light works really well.
  3. A_Lee

    A_Lee Guest

    What else do you use your flashes for Eric?
  4. Ibn

    Ibn Supporting Member

    Fill light (harsh sun to remove harsh shadows or increase dynamic range)
    Background light (portraits)
    Accent light (architecture or any where remote where I need the additional light or as the main source)
    Side lighting (opposite of fill; adds depth with the shadows)
    Flash brackets (bounced)
    Shutter drags (onboard)

    Some other odds and ends as well (indoors and/or outdoors). If I need light, I bring 2 flashes along and the reflector is always in the trunk.

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