Pointing the flash head at a ceiling or wall to use the light reflected from it can soften subject shadows, enabling more natural-looking shots. This shooting method is referred to as bounce flash photography.
Setting the orientation of the flash head
- You can turn or tilt the flash head as shown. Turning or tilting the flash head changes the display to .
- With the Speedlite set to (Auto) flash coverage, turning the flash head sets flash coverage to 50 mm, and --- is displayed.
- You can also set the flash coverage manually ().
- Bouncing light off ceilings or walls that are too far away may not provide sufficient exposure, because not enough light will reach the subject.
- If your shots are too dark, reduce the aperture value (f/number) to open the aperture and try again. You can also try increasing the ISO speed.
- Choose a plain white or off-white ceiling or wall to bounce the light off, because these are more reflective. Reflections off non-white surfaces may not provide sufficient exposure – not enough light may reach the subject, and your shots may be affected by the color of surface used.
- Using Quick flash in bounce flash photography is more likely to cause underexposure, from the reduced flash output.
Close-Range Flash Photography
You can shoot subjects at a close range of approx. 0.5–2 m (1.6–6.6 ft.) by tilting the flash head down 7°.
Tilting the flash head down by 7° changes the display to .
The following screen appears when the flash head is tilted down. If it was tilted accidentally, return it to the original position.
Using the catchlight panel when shooting a portrait enables you to capture reflected light in a person's eyes and create a more vivid expression.
Tilt the flash head up 90°.
Pull up the wide panel.
- Lift the tab in the middle of the wide panel.
- The white catchlight panel comes out with it.
Push back the wide panel.
- Push back the wide panel by itself, leaving only the catchlight panel up.
- Shooting is the same as in normal bounce flash photography.
- Position the flash head toward the front and 90° up. When the flash head is rotated to the left or right, the catchlight is not very effective.
- To effectively obtain the catchlight in a person's eyes, shoot within approx. 1.5 m / 4.9 ft. from the subject (at ISO 100 with f/2.8).
- Do not pull up the wide panel with excessive force. Doing so may detach the wide panel from the Speedlite.