If you own a flash unit that is dedicated to your work, accessories can be helpful in maximizing its potential and resulting in more artistic and creative photos. A flash unit comes with accessories to enhance its effects, just like any other piece of equipment. These accessories will modify your flash and prevent problems with photos such as unattractive or harsh lighting. Flash accessories are subtle and highly effective ways to alter the quality, direction, and photographic effects of standard flashes.

Flash Bouncers

Flash Bouncers

A bouncer is a great accessory to your flash. It’s a small attachment that attaches to your flash unit. Bouncers are used to bounce flash light at subject. The bounced light is less harsh than direct flash light, so if the flash light is too bright, you can use the flash bouncer. You can also be creative by placing a section of color on the bouncer to cast a pastel light onto your subject. A flash bouncer is useful when the direct flash light from the flash is too harsh. It will flatten the contours of your subject. The bouncer will reflect the strong flash from the rear wall or ceiling and raise the ambient lighting in the room. The bouncer is best used when the ceilings are not too low and you are inside.

Flash Diffusers

Flash Diffusers

These semi-opaque attachments can be placed directly on the flash head or in front. These are similar to mini-soft boxes, which diffuse, soften and disperse light from a lamp. But they can be used for your flash unit. The diffuser disperses light from flash units so that it doesn’t come from one source. Diffusers can be used to control and diffuse the direct illumination of the flash unit. This reduces harsh light and softens shadows. Diffusers give photographs a natural look and feel. Because the diffuser scatters the light, the flash diffuser will not affect photos taken vertically. Flash diffusers can be used for quick portraits, weddings, and other large events that you won’t want to blind with flash.

Flash Reflectors

Flash Reflectors

Flash Reflectors look very similar to Flash Bouncers in that they attach to your flash unit and shine the light at your subject. A reflector usually has a shiny surface, such as silver or golden with the same light-affecting properties that we mentioned earlier. The Flash Reflector diffuses the flash’s effects and softens the light hitting the subject. In many cases where direct flash is not possible, flash reflectors can be useful.

Conclusion

Flash accessories are designed to reduce or eliminate harsh lighting effects caused by flash units. While there are situations where you cannot use a flash, you also know that flashes can compromise the quality and appearance of your images. These attachments allow you to use the flash without the limitations. These accessories can also be used to create artistic effects that will make flash photos more interesting.