Direct flash, with no attachments or modifiers, can be highly effective
Firing a single light source – such as our Elinchrom head here – bare provides 180 degrees of hard light, which isn’t the most flattering or refined look, but it can be very dramatic. Like all of the shots here (barring the ring light), the light is positioned to the right of camera and above the face, and the subject’s body and face are angled towards it. Harsh light is often best employed with the subject’s face angled towards it: at other angles it can produce unattractive shadows across the face. Bare-bulbing in a small room or next to a wall will give plenty of fill light because the spread is so wide that the flash bounces off all of the surrounding surfaces.