We always hear from photographers saying direct flash is harsh, unnatural and unattractive light. And well, yes, it definitely is. However, inasmuch as it is not a sin to use direct flash, and no one’s stopping you to continue using it, let alone confiscate your camera for it, bouncing your flash to your right/left/back wall or even to the ceiling could make your photographs a tad more “natural”. Of course, as long as there is something we can bounce our light off, we’re good to go with this very basic lighting technique, even if that something is actually someone wearing a white shirt.

Left/Right: Canon 50D + EFS 15-85mm f3.5-5.6 IS USM; 1/60 @ f5.6 @ ISO 800

In this stitched image, flash was bounced off to camera’s back-left direction. Some parts of the right image are overexposed a bit to give a little definition to Ichigo’s black robes.

Canon 50D + EFS 15-85mm f3.5-5.6 IS USM: 1/100 @ f8 @ ISO 800

Flash bounced up to the ceiling approximately 4ft. high. This was done in a fairly dim, fluorescent room. Selective color was done in post processing.

Canon 50D + EFS 15-85mm f3.5-5.6 IS USM;  1/30 @ f5.6 @ ISO 400; FEC: +1

Flash was bounced off to top-left of camera. Shot stealthily inside a mall with a fairly high ceiling, more of a hit-miss situation. Flash was gelled with full CTO.

Canon 50D + EFS 15-85mm f3.5-5.6 IS USM

Left: 1/80 @ f3.5 @ ISO 800; Right: 1/200 @ f5.6 @ ISO 400

And finally, flash gelled with 1/2 CTO and camera set to tungsten white balance for the left photo. As for the right with the mirror, the wall was painted light green. Since light always picks up the color of the reflected surface, our flash here was gelled with 1/4 CTO to retain natural skin tones and camera was set to daylight white balance.

God bless everyone.