How to Use an Adjustable Flash

by Serendipity Photography


  • Camera
  • Adjustable flash
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    An adjustable flash is one where you can adjust your settings and tilt the flash head. It will change the whole look of your pictures.

    Step 2

    This is what the light in the room looks like with no flash and a regular light bulb on. For this guide, I am setting the camera and flash on auto to keep it simple.

    Step 3

    This is what direct, straight-on flash looks like. His face looks pretty good, but the harsh shadows are distracting.

    Step 4

    Here, my flash is pointed straight up at the ceiling. That diffuses and spreads out the light, and makes the shadows fall behind him. This is a low ceiling, but the technique works for all heights.

    Step 5

    The flash is pointed up at a 46 degree angle. Because of the angle of the bounce, the shadows fall into his eyes.

    Step 6

    Now, I have the flash pointed sideways. You can't see a huge difference here, but notice how the shading is on the right now. Gives a little more dimension.

    Step 7

    Here, the flash is pointed BEHIND me. Look how nice and even the light is now.

    Step 8

    Thanks for visiting. Have fun with your flash!