A kit that allows you to produce portraits with your pop-up flash
Order Demb Pop-up Portrait Kit
Do you have a DSLR or mirror-less camera with a pop-up flash? How would you like to leave your bulky hot-shoe flash at home and go to a family event with just your camera. I know what you’re thinking, “Wait, that just leaves me with the pop-up flash on my camera, and we all know what that means: harsh light, ugly shadows and red-eye“.
But wait! I say you can get beautiful portrait lighting from that flash with the Demb Portrait Kit. It’s easy and fun The first time you leave that bulky hot-shoe flash home, and forget about having to check its batteries, you will almost feel like you are cheating.
And the results? Please check out these examples. All I used was a consumer grade camera and a Pop-up Portrait Kit.
Please don’t confuse the kit with the dozens of diffuser products that just put screening material in front of a pop-up flash. These just soften the same flat frontal light and ugly background shadows a little. But portrait lighting? Not a chance. If you have purchased one, you know this to be true. The Portrait Kit works! Here’s why.
The two ingredients of portrait lighting are a strong directional off-camera main light combined with a weaker fill light, usually from the camera position. The kit uses a small mirror mounted at an angle to simultaneously send most of the flash to the ceiling (your main light), plus a little flash back to a white reflector for fill. It’s portrait lighting you can bring in your shirt pocket.
Mounting the Kit is a breeze. Just insert a tab into your hot shoe, slip the mirror in front of your flash, and it’s on and ready to shoot. Suggested settings are camera on M, flash comp of +1, exposure comp of +1.7, ISO of 800 – 2000. Suggested f-stop is f5.6 at your highest sync speed. Shoot in a room with a normal height white ceiling for best results.