If you are using an entry-level or a semi-professional DSLR, your camera most likely has a built-in pop-up flash unit that can be used to add some additional light on your subjects or even trigger another flash. The problem with built-in flashes, however, is that they fire harsh, direct light that does not look very good, especially on people. In this short article, I will show you how you can get the best out of your pop-up flash.
1) Diffuse or not to diffuse?
There are plenty of products on the market that let you diffuse the light coming out of your pop-up flash. I personally think that those products are worthless for the following reasons:
- Your pop-up flash is pretty weak as it is and you will lose plenty of light while trying to diffuse it.
- Redirecting the light from the pop-up flash is too difficult and often impossible.
- Why waste money on something that is not going to give you considerably better results than direct flash?