Diffusing flash for softer colors
If want colors to look soft and natural when using flash, you need to diffuse the light.
For quick and easy outdoor diffusion, fit a translucent diffusion dome such as the Sto-Fen Omni-Bounce or LumiQuest UltraBounce (www.warehouseexpress.com).
For more powerful diffusion, use a miniature softbox such as LumiQuest’s Mini Softbox or Lastolite’s ‘Micro Apollo’ (www.warehouseexpress.com).
Indoors, bouncing flash off a reflector, wall or ceiling spreads the light out over a larger area for softer, more natural lighting.
Better flashguns have a built-in bounce card to reflect some light directly onto the subject when the unit is in bounce position. Make your own by securing a piece of white card around the back of the flash.
PAGE 1: Choosing your color combinations
PAGE 2: Emotional images in low-key color
PAGE 3: Using harmonious color schemes
PAGE 4: Using the Monochrome palette
PAGE 5: Diffusing flash for softer colors