When your studio lights fail you on a shoot try bouncing some flash off the ceiling! Being a photographer that does all on location shoots, sometimes you’re thrown a curve ball when your regular lighting techniques fail you. When you own your own studio it’s easy to go into a shoot and know exactly what the lighting will be, when you go into a client’s home that’s a different story.
Below is an example of a time when I intended on using my studio lights but needed a back up plan instead. With window light coming in from the right, a reflector to the left and a speed light bouncing the flash off the white ceiling (using a wireless transmitter) I was able to achieve studio style lighting with this newborn.
Some things to have handy on all your shoots : Batteries, reflector, speed light, white paper and elastic. Cut and fold the white paper so it fits around the back and sides of the speed light pointing up, use the elastic to secure it. This will give your light direction. Go ahead try it!