Today, a reminder of one if my magic “Flash Recipes”. Namely, the “Reception Recipe”. Otherwise known as the “Willems 400-40-4 setting”.
It goes like this. Camera on manual. Flash bounced, and aimed 45 degrees up, behind you.
400 ISO, 1/40 Second, F/4. (the numbers only fit one way: try!)
In most indoors environments that gives you great balance of background and foreground, as in the image above. If the ceiling is high or dark, increase the ISO as needed. Ideally, use a 35mm lens (24mm if you are using a crop sensor camera).
And that’s all. Great party pictures from now on!