Tips for using new 360 flash with baby ( 8 months)


Eastridge

Link Posted 20/11/2012 - 10:36
Hi,

Having nabbed an Amazon bargin 360 flash first test will be some shots of 8 month old nephew weekend after next.

Clearly I can't tell him to look to a certain side / point re the flash direction so will need a spread of light - from the manual I can use flash on camera + the 360 wirelessly from 'the other side'but there is a danger of double shadows yes?

Also I have a static light as used for video filming that could be used as 'infill'.

I know that to diffuse light some use photo umbrellas, I have seen people both bounce the flash off the inside of a reflective brolly or put the flash behind an opague one to diffuse it.

If anyone can point me to a good tutorial or provide any tips from own experience that would be really helpful.


Thanks,
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cabstar

Link Posted 20/11/2012 - 10:48
I find one of these really good

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Reduces shadow and softens the light
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gartmore

Link Posted 20/11/2012 - 12:40
Stofen Omnibounce works well but if you are indoors bounce the flash of the ceiling with the catchlight panel extended.
Ken
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Eastridge

Link Posted 20/11/2012 - 16:48
Thanks guys. I had picked up on Stofen and the catchlight panel from Matt Matics excellent piece and have been investigating so it's good to know others back that up and that I don't need to rush out and buy the Omni straight away.

I will try with the catchlight this time and then maybe get the Omni for shots at Xmas.
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Frogherder

Link Posted 20/11/2012 - 17:06
I've found that a piece of white plastic (ice cream tub lid) held on the flash gun with a rubber band works well in emergencies.

It is - and looks crude, but it works quite well

regards
Bernard

petrochemist

Link Posted 20/11/2012 - 23:33
Frogherder wrote:
I've found that a piece of white plastic (ice cream tub lid) held on the flash gun with a rubber band works well in emergencies.

It is - and looks crude, but it works quite well

regards
Bernard

If you're after a quick diffuser, Cigarette papers also work very well, you don't even need the rubber band & they're smaller in you camera bag.
Unused tissues/toilet paper will also work but aren't so convenient.
Mike
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