How I Got The Shot: Bounce Portrait

Camera: Canon 7D
Lens: Canon EF-S 17 – 55mm f/2.8 IS USM
Aperture: f/2.8
Shutter Speed: 1/60 sec
ISO: 800
Flash: Bounced from ceiling, using a Canon 430 EX II
Focal Length: 37 mm
Shooting Mode: Aperture Priority
Exposure Compensation: -1 step
Photoshop: Lightroom Preset ‘Stellar Guru GreenGold‘.

I’ve been taking lots of shots in lowlight without a flash recently, which I love to do, but it has meant that my flash has not been seeing much use – so I thought I’d whip it out for a few portraits over the weekend. And I’m very glad I did – it’s made me fall in love with bounce flash all over again!

To take this shot, I angled the flash head on my Canon 430 EX II so that it pointed towards the ceiling, and chose a wide aperture of f/2.8 so that the background would be nicely out of focus. I dialed in a a -1 step of exposure compensation, as I wanted the background to be a bit darker than it would have been normally – so my subject would stand out  nicely against it.

Composition-wise, I focused on the eyes, and positioned them around the top third of the frame, and then took the shot. Although it was a nice photo right out of the camera, I played around with Adobe Lightroom for a bit, and used the Stellar Guru GreenGold preset for the final image you see above.

I still think that natural-light photography is great, but I’m starting to explore flash photography a lot more now too, as I’m really happy with the portrait above.

Have you tried some bounce-flash photography? Let me know in the comments below!

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