Bounce Flash With Rims

Of the choices given thus far for lighting first and family dances, using a bounce flash with rims is the least ideal, but it will still get the job done. This setup only takes two to three minutes and requires two light stands, but it can not be used in any scene/location. A bright neutral ceiling is needed so that the light has something to bounce off of.

More often than not, when bouncing light, you’ll need to set your flash to ¼-⅛ power. Here are some key tips for using this style of lighting:

  1. Place OCF rims evenly (distance/height)
  2. OCF rims should be set to equal power and zoom
  3. When moving, toggle off unwanted lights
  4. On-camera battery pack will shorten the recycle time between flashes

Note: If spot lighting includes a strong color (such as using a magenta gel, for example), you’ll need to override the coloring with a stronger power setting on your on-camera flash.

You can also turn the on-camera flash off and use only the two rim lights to capture moodier images, but timing and positioning becoming very important for capturing deliverable images. Beware of the subjects’ angle (facing the camera, for example), or else the light that falls across their faces may be split and less flattering. This is a go-to in situations when the batteries run out of power in the on-camera flash.