GOBIGRED wrote in post #13945656
I'm new to flash so sorry for the elementary question. What do you mean by "home-made gobo"?
a gobo ''go between'' is a term for blocking the direct lighting from your subject. I used a piece of cardboard and a rubber band. It also stops lens flare in off camera lighting.
An easy way to know if you need a gobo is to ask the person you taking the picture of, if they can see the flash head. If the answer is no then you wont get direct lighting. It just looks ssoooo much better! For off camera lighting you know when you need a gobo if you can see any of the flash heads in use. Like rim/kicker lighting. You will get lens flare if there is no gobo. Sometimes a lens hood does the trick, so that would mean your lens hood is a gobo as well.
a stofen gives too much direct lighting imo.
bounce from which direction? It seems that you probably bounced from directly behind the camera. I feel that this image could have been so much better if there was more direction to the lighting. Maybe if you bounced to the right it would have added more shape to the subject. I understand though that in wedding situations, there are not always surfaces around to bounce off of when you need them.
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