I know – sometimes it’s too dark to shoot and you don’t have any off-camera kit, so you have to use your flash “on camera”
But the light you get off a direct flash is horrible – there’s an example in the video below. It serves a purpose, but it creates a passport photo look rather than that creative look we’re all after as photographers
So what can you do?
Well with most Speedlites, you can point the head in almost any direction, so the light doesn’t go straight to the model – that way it looks a lot better, but you do need a reflective surface for the light to bounce off.
Most indoor locations have white ceilings, so you just point the flash straight up and it’s job done.
Some have white walls, so you can point them straight at the walls instead (we demonstrate this in the video too);
But when you’re out in the open, you’ve nothing to bounce off – hence we take reflector with us, get someone to hold it next to the model and then point the flash at it.
This short video shows photos from our workshop to illustrate exactly this point – we hope it’s helpful