Flash photography tutorial: Bouncing flash to improve lighting | lynda.com

By | January 6, 2018

Learn how to turn a ceiling into a light source in this photography tutorial. Photography expert Ben Long explains, step-by-step, how to bounce flash to improve lighting for a photo–in this case a boardroom portrait. Watch more at http://www.lynda.com/Photography-tutorials/Foundations-Photography-Flash/136568-2.html?utm_campaign=1YaZ9YtGXu8&utm_medium=social&utm_source=youtube-earned.

This tutorial is a single movie from the Foundations of Photography: Flash course by lynda.com author Ben Long. The complete course is 3 hours and 9 minutes and explores concepts, tools, and techniques for lighting with flash—from improving built-in flash results to shooting with wireless off-camera flash.

1. Flash Fundamentals
2. Fill Flash to Balance Exposure
3. Flash as a Key Light
4. Advanced Flash Scenarios
5. Shooting with Multiple Flash Units
6. Considerations for Purchasing a Flash

20 thoughts on “Flash photography tutorial: Bouncing flash to improve lighting | lynda.com

  1. Bhawna studio

    When i shoot photo with bounce flash i got how much dot (grans) specealy night shoot plzzz solved my problum

  2. Sasha Popovic

    why you use high ISO when you have a flash and 1.8 /f lens? I think manual mode is as professional must use 😉

  3. Julian Balleto

    How do you deal with an on camera flash when attempting to shoot VERTICAL Portraits instead of horizontal ? I have shot fashion and beauty for thirty years, and have NEVER used an on camera flash, but now I am shooting portraits outside more often, and Im finding a need for an on camera fill light; But, I don't like shooting portraits horizontally . The issue with on camera flashes, is that they service horizontal very well, but they are off to the side vertically . What do you suggest as a solution to this issue, other than those clunky brackets ?

  4. Donna A

    Just wondering why didn't you shoot in Manual mode instead of Av? Then you could have easily raised the shutter speed to darken the background like you wanted it to be. The color balance might have been nicer too. There's already so much yellow in the room, and with 1/25 shutter his skin is picking up too much room light and yellow reflection from the chairs. I appreciated the very realistic way you described the time limitations and setting constraints involved in taking business portraits. You were so right when you said you have 3-4 minutes. I totally agree. It's fast and you have to think and act quickly and confidently. Enjoyed the video.

  5. omar abdiqani

    why are using too high ISO. ? THAT MAY REDUCE THE QUALITY.


  6. TheTapdancer4ever

    There are so many things wrong with this lesson that I'm probably not going to come back to lynda.com for anything. I'm only here, because a family friend kept talking about lynda.com and how great it is, but I don't see anything great here. It's good, if you want to be like every other photographer, but this will never separate you from the rest. ISO 1600? Really? Most professional photographers will never shoot at anything of ISO 800. Personally, I don't even bother with anything above ISO 600, and I usually keep 90% of my shots below ISO 400. So, this is really not any help. This would be for someone who is in an emergency situation and absolutely needs to get a shot, but nothing worth posting or bragging about. These teachings are horrible. You need to make the time to set up a proper photo shoot….like I said, this is what separates the good photographers, from the great ones. You'll never be respected like this. It's no different than leaving your camera in auto mode and having 90% your photographs with enormous amounts of noise.

  7. Tony Nugent

    Very informative.

    I think I would have chosen a different angle to shoot from, maybe higher on a ladder looking down. I think the two TV's between his head kind of gave the impression of big ears lol! But, thank you for sharing your info, as I am an amateur photographer and need all the help i can get.

  8. Justin Berke

    This answered a dozen questions I've had in the back of my mind. Great rundown.

  9. Luciano R

    I know this tutorial doesn't cover perspective itself, but it would've been REALLY interesting to see a very wide angle shot from the table looking at his face with the bounce flash.

  10. Mal Milligan

    Always cool listening to Ben Long… he's an excellent teacher.


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