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    Default increasing flash power when using bounce

    Any ideas how to determine the amount if flash to use for bouncing?
    esp for external flashes?

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    Default Re: increasing flash power when using bounce

    Quote Originally Posted by big_lan View Post
    Any ideas how to determine the amount if flash to use for bouncing?
    esp for external flashes?
    If you are using TTL, the camera/flash themself will determine that for themself. Most TTL system will have the flash firing a pre-flash. The camera will read pre-flash through-the-lens (TTL) and tells the flash how much power to use.

    If you are trying to do it manually, use a light meter.

    BC

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    Default Re: increasing flash power when using bounce

    I usually add +2/3 to +1.

    Of course, there are a number of factors like how far the subject is from you and how high up the ceiling is for bouncing.

    Best to do some test shots first otherwise you may find the picture underexposed.
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    Default Re: increasing flash power when using bounce

    Practise more...experience and instincts will follow.

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    Default Re: increasing flash power when using bounce

    From your thread title, you can do:
    1) Shorten your distance from camera to subject.
    2) Choose not to high ceiling (if you bounce to ceiling).
    3) Increase your camera's ASA/ISO.
    4) Use big aperture on your lens.
    5) Use multiple flashes.

    Regards,
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    Default Re: increasing flash power when using bounce

    Quote Originally Posted by big_lan View Post
    Any ideas how to determine the amount if flash to use for bouncing?
    esp for external flashes?
    Use a flash meter?

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    Default Re: increasing flash power when using bounce

    Quote Originally Posted by lsisaxon View Post
    Use a flash meter?
    It is too easy...

    The basic you need to know: Use manual flash mode to calculate lens' aperture from GN number of the flash. Aperture = flash GN (ASA/ISO m/ft)/distance (in m/ft). The distance from camera/flash is calculate from camera/flash bounced from ceiling (if ceiling is your bouncer), and open aperture 1 or 2 stops more depend on ceiling height and color. And, finally trial shoot and look the result on preview lcd. Good if you know how to analyze the histogram.

    Hmmmm...., use TTL mode flash will calculate the flash power for you in easy too .

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