Here’s a few demo shots from a kind volunteer (a student’s daughter) at a recent camera course I taught. This bit was about “flash”.
First, pop up the flash and use “P” or “Auto” mode and you get the picture that makes people hate flash:
Then enable “Slow flash” or “Night portrait mode” and you get a better picture.. yeah, it’s better. But not all that much:
Then put your big flash on top of the camera (e.g. an SB-900 or 580EX II, or their slightly smaller equivalents SB-600 or 430EX II). And aim that flash behind you.
Yeah. Behind. So it bounces off ceilings and walls behind you.
Much better. Much. See:
And then if you want extra “character” and “depth”, bounce off a side wall, if you can find one.
Now you get three-dimensionality, depth, character as well:
I mean – how cool is that? And all this was done in “P” mode, with no special stuff, with no settings on the camera, no required knowledge of aperture, no complicated techniques.
Flash is wonderful once you learn how to play with it. And it is easier than ever.