When shooting food, aim light from the side or diagonally from the back. The external flash’s flexibility lets you create the charming afternoon ambience of a café terrace, even if you shoot at night!
Freshly cooked food has a unique luster that adds to its appeal. To capture this look, try using two flash units: one for overall brightness and the other to produce soft reflections. Home-cooked dishes will look like gourmet meals!
Use bounce flash from an external unit to produce the overall lighting, then use the camera’s built-in flash to add that mouthwatering glaze to marinades and other dishes. If there is no nearby wall, bounce external flash off a white cutting board. A paper towel can reflect light to further brighten the photo.
To capture the beauty of a table arrangement, position the external flash away from the camera and bounce it diagonally from the back. This lights up a wide area of the table, creating a bright atmosphere that highlights the arrangement. (It's hard to believe this was shot at night!)
Verandas filled with lush plants look best under sunlight. An external flash can help create “sunlight” to brighten your garden!
Capturing the natural beauty of flowers can be difficult when shooting up close. You can easily solve this problem by positioning the flash off-camera.
Position the external flash off-camera – either to the side or diagonally from the back – so that light shines through the petals. This convincingly recreates the natural brilliance of sunlight, even when shooting at night or on a rainy day.
Lightly misting flowers with water creates a refreshing, natural appearance. You can also soften the scene by placing a glass plate covered with water drops in front of the lens. A touch of inspiration and a little experimentation is all it takes to shoot stunning flower photos.
Those precious creative gems that children make can disappear or become damaged over the years. A digital scrapbook containing photos of their very special artwork is a great way to preserve fond memories.
Sharing photos of crafts on the Web or collecting them in albums is a satisfying experience anyone can enjoy. A little extra attention to lighting is all it takes to make crafts and artwork look their best.
Position external flash off-camera and bounce off the ceiling. To simulate a sunset, place a sheet of red cellophane over the flash. Blue cellophane creates the rich, moody light that occurs just before sunrise or under a deep blue summer sky. With a little imagination, you’ll discover more ways to imbue photos with seasonal ambience.
Flash bounced off the ceiling creates soft light that covers a broad area, making it ideal for shooting large items or arrangements of many small items. When used off-camera with built-in flash, photos come to life with vivid colors and a natural sense of depth.
External flash can be used during the day for a wide variety of situations, such as eliminating shadows on a subject and brightening cute faces. The flexibility of external flash also lets you control background blur to frame smiling subjects.
Using flash for daylight shots adds light to areas that would otherwise be lost in shadow. The extra light provided by external flash brightens faraway subjects. In addition, you can choose to keep the background in focus using a large f-number, or softly blur it using high-speed sync.
Bouncing external flash off the ceiling bathes both people and surroundings in natural-looking light similar to window light. In addition, the camera’s built-in flash creates a bright catch light in eyes for a lively, energetic look.
Built-in flash can’t quite capture the feel of your pet’s soft, downy fur. But with external flash, your pet photos come alive with a warmth you can almost feel.
Photographing fish in an aquarium with built-in flash is difficult due to light reflecting off the glass. To avoid this, position the external flash either above the tank or on the side and make sure the lens is as close as possible to the aquarium.
If you photograph your pet from up high you are likely to miss their adorable expressions. Instead, photograph them eye-to-eye for delightfully expressive images.
When shooting for blogs or online auctions, you’ll want products to look their best. Experiment with different lighting angles and see the difference a little extra effort makes.
Position the external flash to either side. Also, try shooting with EOS Utility (software bundled with EOS cameras); this lets you operate your EOS DSLR via a computer, giving you the opportunity to sit back and view results on a large screen as you shoot.
Highlights produced by reflected light add accents and bring out the texture and shape of metal and glass. In addition, you can emphasize transparency by reflecting light through glass or other items made with translucent materials. The flexibility of external flash gives you the freedom to add light from any angle.
When shooting with flash, try some of these common household items to heighten creative expression.
Bounce flash off other surfaces besides a wall or ceiling. Simply bounce off a piece of paper or even a white cutting board.
Direct the flash through colored cellophane to simulate the warm glow of a sunrise or sunset.
Putting translucent items in front of the flash is another way to soften and diffuse light. Just like bounce flash, the contrast of the scene is lowered and shadows are lightened.
A tray also works to soften the photo, reflecting light from the flash up into shadows.
This makes an efficient bounce surface and reflects light more effectively than a wall or ceiling. Photos will have sharper contrast than those shot by bouncing flash off surfaces that are not as reflective.