The second part of my quest to take good flash photographs arrived today. It's a filter called The Omni-bounce which snaps over the flash head and diffuses the light when you are using a 45-degree bounce. Where a good bounce flash takes the normal glare of a flash photo and makes it appear that the light is coming down from above, a good diffuser will make that same light look like it's coming from every direction at once. Is anyone still reading this? No?
Let me just show you. The picture on the left is using a bounce flash and the one on the right is the same bounce with the Omni-bounce.
I finally bit the bullet and bought a pro flash for my camera. Since I take more pictures than anyone I know, it seemed like a good idea to try and take the best pictures I can.
I've been shooting all day (in between diaper changes, feedings, playing ball and watching "Oprah." Side note: Sam pointed to Oprah today and said, "Momma!") and comparing the pictures. What's funny is that you become so conditioned to looking at washed out pictures that when you finally get a good flash, all the pictures look dark to you. Case in point:
If you click on these two pictures you might think that the one on the right is the better one but it's not. See how Boo's face is washed out?
Another reason I wanted to upgrade is for skin tones. Take a look at the picture of Mac in the story below this one. I thought that looked okay until I started shooting with the new flash today. Look at the skin tones in this picture (Sam is trying to grab Bobbi's tongue while simultaneously sticking hers out:
I was in the grocery store today when a woman came up behind me...
"Excuse me..." she said.
"About a year ago you gave me some really great advice and I just wanted to thank you."
"Yea.... you told me that I should put my daughter down for a nap every two-and-a-half hours and now she sleeps through the night and takes regular naps."
"Was that here?"
"Uh-huh... you started talking to me here at Publix and I said my daughter wasn't sleeping and that's when you told me to put her down every two-and-a-half hours. You made my life better."
"Wow, how about that?"
"I have always remembered it and I've always hoped that I might run into you so I could thank you."
"That's so great!" Listen, could you call my wife and tell her not to be embarrassed when I talk to total strangers in the grocery store?"