Shoot per­fect party por­traits

Use a white ceil­ing and a bounce card to turn harsh flash into soft, flat­ter­ing il­lu­mi­na­tion

NPhoto - - Nikon Skills -

01 Con­trol the ex­po­sure

Set the flash­gun to its i-TTL mode and it will take care of the ex­po­sure for you. It’s best to set your Nikon to man­ual mode, though, set­ting a shut­ter speed of around 1/60 sec and a wide aper­ture to stop the back­ground be­ing too dark. Set­ting ISO400 or even 800 will also help in this re­spect.

03 Pull out the card

The se­cret weapon for making bounce flash por­traits look alive, com­plete with en­gag­ing catch­lights in your sub­ject’s eyes, is a white plas­tic bounce card. This slots in above the flash and is pulled out with the wide-an­gle dif­fuser. Re­move both, then push back the dif­fuser.

02 Bounce the light

Check the colour of the ceil­ing as this can add a nasty tint to the shot; white is ideal, but off-white will do. We’re used to things be­ing lit from above, so ceil­ings pro­vide nat­u­ral-look­ing il­lu­mi­na­tion. You can bounce the flash off a white wall too, as this can look like win­dow light.

04 Ad­just as needed

Look at your re­sults on the back of the cam­era, check­ing the his­togram for signs of both over- and un­der-ex­po­sure. If the flash isn’t bright enough, or is too bright, use the flash ex­po­sure com­pen­sa­tion fa­cil­ity to in­crease or de­crease the light level as ap­pro­pri­ate.

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