On camera flash, get creative

This is actually a reader inspired blogpost. A couple of days ago DieterThePhotographer asked me how I got the clarity/sharpness in Lissa’s eyes and if that reflection in her eyes was a softbox I used…

This shot was actually taken with on camera flash. The camera held in portrait mode (obviously), low enough so it was inside the tub, the flash head in a 75° degree angle with the bounce card out. So the flash was actually aimed to the opposite side of the model, towards the tub. The tub now acted as a gigantic softbox / reflection panel that gave me soft yet very defined 3Dimensional light.

Shot info: 1/200th – F2.8 – ISO400 and for the flash 1/64th was all that was needed.
B/W conversion was done in lightroom. (with increased contrasts/blacks)

Whenever I can I use off camera light, but you can make great pictures if you get creative with what you have available around you.

For the eyes, unfortunately I can’t take any credits. Mom & Dad are still having heavy debates over who’s eyes she has 🙂

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by bath « karims fotoblog 12.30.08 11:02 pm

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by Jef Janssens 12.21.08 11:58 pm

Good thinking! Nice shot anyway!!

by Frederik 12.18.08 11:33 pm

A nice and creative solution ! I really love the results

by Thomas 12.18.08 11:50 am

Great idea to use the bathtub as a big reflection panel/softbox. I would’ve never guessed this was shot using a on camera flash. Awesome photo!