Finding a Bounce Angle for an On Camera Flash

An on camera flash can pose some challenges when it comes to finding the perfect lighting. You can avoid being disappointed with your pictures by understanding how to bounce your flash at an angle for the best lighting. Here are a few tips to find the right bounce angle for an on camera flash.

Test the Ceiling Height

The purpose of bouncing the flash is to avoid washing out the subject with direct light. The lower the ceiling, the harder it's going to be to bounce light effectively from it. In most cases, ceilings that are 6-10 feet will work best with flash bounce. You will want to take a few test shots at varying angles to determine the best flash angle for the ceiling height. To take the test shots, it's best to grab a piece of paper and jot down the angle you are using, and place the paper in the shot somewhere. You can start at 45 degrees, and work up to 90.

What to Look For

Once you have your test shots, you will want to try to compare the pictures. On newer cameras, you may have the option to view the photos side by side via an LCD screen. Even if you can't view them side by side, you will want to scroll through them all. The best photos will be the ones where the light seems natural and allows the features to show through on the subject.

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