I bought a sto-fen omni-bounce for my pentax 360 flash on my pentax istD digital camera (I did get the correct sto-fen). It works great in the horizontal (landscape) type of picture either straight on or at 45 degree angle. When I take a vertical (portrait) picture I get shadow on opposite side of the light source (ie face) in either straight on or 45 degree angle of the sto-fen... I do not understand this... why am I getting my desired soft light in the horizontal shot but not in the verticala?
When the camera is in horizontal position, the flash is centered directly over the lense. When in a vertical position, the flash is to the left of the lense as viewed by the photographer. Shooting in the horizntal position, the shadow will fall directly behind the subject. Shooting in the vertical position, the shadow will fall to the right of the subject as viewed by the photographer. The bounce probably softens the shadows but doesn't eliminate them.
The ways to eliminate shadows is to have a bracket that takes the flash off camera. Placing the flash properly will have the shadows fall down and away from the subject.
You can also try turning up the ambient light and having the subject stand further away from the wall; the ambient light will fill in the flash shadow.
Thanks... I appreciate the info/advice
Get the flash off the camera. You can put together an inexpensive light stand bounce flash into an umbrella kit, like this one I use:
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