__Joe's Head Shot_Cropped_DSC3426In a recent podcast with Joe McNally, he mentioned a few simple techniques that will be further explored at his upcoming Photoshop World Pre-Conference class.  Usually when people use a flash, they think that it’s only for low-light situations.  Joe mentions a few things that can open your eyes to simple tricks that can certainly inspire you to utilize the tools you have.

1.  Once you get used to flash, you can utilize it to blend with ambient light or even dominate ambient light.

2.  Flash can be used to “bounce”.  (This is a technique of turning your flash head towards a light and flat wall surface or even a reflector to soften and broaden the light that bounces back onto the subject).

3.  Rather than using flash as a small directional source, use it as a broad source by bouncing it off of a white t-shirt.

4.  Another great way to broaden your light source is to shoot through a bed sheet.

“Think within the box and look in the near term and see what’s accessible around you.  Make the best picture from wherever you are.”

Joe will be going into more details about these techniques at Photoshop World in Atlanta April 8 – 10.   To see more of Joe’s portfolio, check it out here and be sure to follow him on Twitter.


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  1. I have used white clothing to bounce flash-works great!


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