I don’t know about you, but one of my greatest bug-bears about normal low-light photography, is the horrible flash present on most cameras. We’ve all seen those awful shots, full of red-eye, where people look like they’ve just been blasted by the most unflattering light possible.
I’ve heard it said that if you’ve got an enemy, just take a photo of them with the on-camera flash – revenge indeed.
So, the answer to this? Bouncing the flash.
This does a couple of things: 1. It creates a much softer light, as it is diffused by the surface it is bounced from (typically the ceiling, but it can be the wall to the side, behind you, a reflector…), 2. It’s not coming straight at the subject, so you don’t get those harsh shadows falling behind them. It just looks so much more natural!
I’ll be doing some more posts about bounch flash in the future, but, if you’re interested in bouncing your flash (I have the Canon 430 EX II flash, by the way) then a god start would be by watching this guy’s video tutorial. Enjoy.