Bounce flash is a photographic technique using light that is bounced off a ceiling
or wall using a tilted or rotated flash head. This provides the effects listed below
compared to those with direct light from a flash unit:
to a subject that is closer than other subjects can be reduced.
shadows can be softened.
- Glare on faces, hair and clothes can be reduced.
holding down the flash head tilting/rotating lock release button,
tilt or rotate the SB-5000’s flash head.
- The SB-5000’s flash head tilts up 90° and down 7°, and rotates
horizontally 180° to the left and right.
- Set the flash head at a click
stop at the angles shown.
Selecting flash head tilting/rotating angles and a reflecting surface
- Good results are most easily achieved when the flash head is tilted up
to use the ceiling as a reflecting surface.
- Rotate the flash head horizontally
to get the same effect when the camera is held in the vertical position.
highly reflective white surfaces to bounce the light off. Otherwise, image colors
will be influenced by the color of the reflecting surface.
- Avoid illuminating
the subject directly to achieve successful bounce flash photography.
recommended distance between the flash head and the reflecting surface is approx.
1 m to 2 m
(3.3 ft to 6.5 ft), but this number may vary depending on photographic
1: White ceiling
- Illumination can be softened further when the light is bounced off a ceiling
or wall behind the camera, as opposed to in front of the camera.
Behind the camera
- If the reflecting surface is not close enough, a piece of A4-size white paper
can be used instead. Check that the subject is exposed to the bounced light before
taking a picture.
1: White paper
View information on functions related to Bounce Flash Operation.