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How to get great indoor photos using flash, and also how to get great outdoor images in bright sunlight!

Most wedding photographers prefer natural light, as it can be much softer and more flattering. But some times you just need to use flash to get the photo. Direct flash is typically harsh, so photographers typically try to soften the flash by using a diffuser or bouncing the flash off of a white surface. I am actually using a combination of both of those techniques. I use a diffuser on the flash itself, and then also use a bounce reflector to direct the light. Photographers should be careful to use the flash in TTL mode, as using it in A mode will not work with a diffuser or a reflector.

  • Photo 1 shows the flash without any diffusion.
  • Photo 2 shows the flash with a diffuser.
  • Photo 3 shows the flash with a diffuser and reflector pushing most of the light forward.
  • Photo 4 the reflector effect has been minimized to allow more light to go upwards. This works well with low white ceilings as you get a nice bounce effect. 
  • Photo 5 shows how the reflector can also be used as a lens shade in harsh outdoor sunlight. I attach the reflector to my lens to eliminate sun from hitting my lens, which will often ruin a photo. I also keep one of these handy reflectors velcroed to my tripod.