Kill harsh shadows from your flash by using a diffuser
One of the best things you can invest in for your flash or speedlight is a diffuser. They really help to spread the light from a flashgun and create a much more pleasant and flattering look…I love them and use them 99% of the time when using flash!
A “naked” flash from a speedlight can cause harsh shadows and give the skin a pasty look when shooting people whereas the diffuser is much more complimentary.
More and more manufacturers are making these now so check a few out. When I first used diffusers for my Canon Speedlights, I used the Harbour Digital Pro System from the USA. They fit just about any speedlight on the market.
For the past couple of years I have used Gary Fong’s Diffusers (clear and opaque) and cannot fault them. I use them for weddings, property shoots, portraits and still life stock…very flexible, adaptable and useful.
If you have completed the Absolute Beginners section, you will have seen these examples before which were taken using the Fong domes…it is worth explaining/showing the benefits again here…
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