10 Simple Lighting Hacks You Can Do With a Hot Shoe Flash

This is how we lit the shot of almonds in this blog post.

This is how we lit the shot of almonds in this blog post.

There are lots of cool things that you can do with off-camera lighting that can give you better photos or help you get your creative vision across much better when natural light isn’t available. It can also be very fun to do if you’re willing to experiment. We’ve rounded up a number of hacks that you can do with a hot shoe flash and that can be done in the convenience of your own home with stuff you most likely own or can create in the span of a weekend.

Give these a try and let your creativity run this weekend.

Enhance weak window light by putting a flash against window blinds

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Get softer light by using the built-in wide angle diffuser

Pro Tip: This image was shot for my friend's Etsy shop using the wide angle diffuser. It resulted in many of the details popping more. This is how you make the results from a portrait lens pop even more.

Pro Tip: This image was shot for my friend’s Etsy shop using the wide angle diffuser. It resulted in many of the details popping more. This is how you make the results from a portrait lens pop even more.

Fix a beauty dish to a flash by using a Gary Fong Light Lightsphere Collapsible

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Line a panel with crinkled tin foil, and bounce the light off it for extra punch

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Drag the shutter with second curtain flash to capture fast motion

Model: Bec Fordyce

Model: Bec Fordyce

Use stroboscopic mode to create the look of a multiple exposure

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Put a strobe against another colored light source to overpower it and get better colors

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Place a light source behind a reflective surface to get less reflections

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Mimic the look of a large softbox with a large reflector bouncing the light

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Use a flash in bright sunlight by using an ND filter with your lens

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