Camera Functions

Bounce Flash Operation

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:

- Overexposure to a subject that is closer than other subjects can be reduced.
- Background shadows can be softened.
- Glare on faces, hair and clothes can be reduced.

Bounce flash
Direct flash


While 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.
- Select 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.
- The 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 conditions.

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.

1: 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

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