WRITTEN BY: BRUCE LOVELACE
UPDATED: NOVEMBER 29, 2023
Have you ever wondered if there are any Canon 270EX II accessories that really work sell and won't cost you an arm and a leg?
Simple flash accessories can do a lot to transform your contrasty direct flash into nice soft, diffused or bounced lighting. Wouldn't it be cool to get professional looking lighting with a small flash like the Canon 270EX II. Well, the good news is you really can.
Have you ever been disappointed with lighting you get in your photos? Bad lighting is one of the top reasons for getting disappointing results with flash photography. Usually you get harsh distracting shadows from having your flash directly on top of the camera and using no diffusion.
The puppy photo above is cute, no doubt, but that's mostly becasue of the subject. It's not becasue the lighting is attractive. Look what difference a little technique and the proper flash accessory can do for you, below. If that aint doggone cute, I don't know what is.
One of the most versatile accessories, in terms of being able to aim and postiion your flash in a variety of places, is an off-camera flash cord. You can hold your camera in one hand and aim the flash in your other hand or use a flash bracket like the one shown below.
This off-camera flash sync cord is a very helpful Speedlite accessory.
It gives you the freedom of using a bracket to mount your speedlite onto and maintain 100% functionality and communication between camera and flash.
This is great for mounting your 270EX or any of the other Speedlights on a flash bracket like the stroboframe below.
It places your flash farther away from the lens and also provides an infinite number of possibilities for bounce lighting. Getting the flash farther from the lens in the number one best way to get rid of red-eye reflections in the eyes.
Without the bracket, you can still use the cord and hold you camera in one hand and aim the flash is any direction with the other hand. This is great for shooting a couple of really quick lighting variations of the same subject.
Most of these types of flash brackets are hinged to give you the ability to roate the flash or the camera so that you can shoot in a vertical (portrait) orientation with the flash head centered above the camera.
A very simple snap-on diffuser like the Hard-Dome below will scatter your light in many directions and add bounce fill lighting to your subject. Unfortunately these are just about worthless for outside flash shooting situations.
A simple diffusing bounce dome like this one is an accessory that is very easy to carry along and snaps on quickly. There are several manufacturers of these. They all diffuse the light fairly well.
Be sure to read the specific customer feedback reviews to make sure they perform up to your needs. These are very affordable, not made of high tech materials, so don't get your expectations high that they will be a perfect fit with every flash.
I purchased an early model Gary Fong Light Sphere and it was very difficult for me to attach to to my Canon 580EX Speedlight.
I've never seen one of these used as a Canon 270 EX II accessory. It fits much better on the larger Canon Speedlites, like the new speedlite 600EX-RT, 580EX II or 430EX II. I find lighting gadgets like theses to be a little too gimicky for my own personal tastes, but you may be different.
This flash snoot is pefect for adding just a small highlight on a specific part of your subject which can make your lighting very professional looking.
The Rogue Flashbender is a very versatile accessory to be used in a variety of ways to modify the light from your speedlite.
It's one of the Canon 270EX II Accessories that will fit on many different Canon speedlites.
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The 270EX is my favorite flash gun. I admit I don't use if for my professional portrait set-ups.
I use full sized studio strobes because of their power and reach for group portraits, but for everyday snapshots, I use my 270EX II because of its portability.