Another reminder, if you need one, that direct flash can work. Direct, unmodified flash. As long as it it not on the camera (with a few exceptions), this kind of hard light can be very effective for certain shots. As long as you aim it right.
Here’s a studio photo of model Danielle from yesterday:
I wanted a shadow, and the way to get it is by using an unsoftened flash – I am using only a grid on the speedlight. Almost straight into her face: good light for a model.
And earlier in the day, this: 1920s style.
And let me show you one more:
In all these photos, direct, unsoftened flash was good – because the flash was off camera, the model was young and had good skin, we want to brighten skin for best smoothness, and I aimed the light carefully.