How to Soften Harsh Camera Flash

There are lots of ways to do it. Some can be done on the fly and others need some preparation (more or less).

Steps

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    Create a bounce card. This can work with your on or off camera flash. Some useful items are:
    • White post it notes
    • Note cards with no lines
    • Printer paper
    • Card paper
      • For an on camera flash, fold the paper so that it comes between the flash and the subject. If you have a 3 * 5 notecard, those work great, but use the side without the lines.
      • For your off camera flash, you can use a band or scrunchy, or something like that, to fasten the paper to the flash.
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    Find something that will create a translucent barrier for the flash (kind of like a really, tiny, soft box). Some ideas are:
    • Paper towel
    • Tissue
    • One use store bags
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    Be aware that the color of the barrier will affect the color and white balance of the photograph. Be sure that you can set your white balance properly.
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    Finished.

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Categories: Photography Lighting