Ever since I returned from BlogHer and returning the Canon Speedlite I borrowed from my Dad I have been having flash envy. The majority of my pictures are taken indoors and now that its getting darker so much sooner, I’m losing some precious light and awesome photography moments.
I decided since I won’t be able to get a Speedlite until next year, I need to use what I have available, the pop-up flash. I used to hate using the pop-up flash because the pictures always came out a little wonky until I started using flash diffusers. I have three and even they all serve the purpose of diffusing light, they work differently in different situations.
Gary Fong Puffer
THE PUFFER mounts in the hot-shoe slot of digital cameras with a pop-up flash, greatly softening and enhancing the quality of light. This light weight Flash Diffuser can easily be tucked into a purse and small handbag.
This is my most recent purchase, I’ve heard many good things about the Puffer so I thought I would give it a try. I like having it handy when I’m outdoors or in large open spaces. I don’t normally use it in tight places or close up shots because it doesn’t seem to diffuse the light enough.
However its small enough to slip into my bag and its fits snug into the flash hot shoe on my Canon 50D. It retails for about $20.00 and can be found online and most photography stores.
Lumiquest Soft Screen Flash Diffuser
Diffuse your pop up flash and prevent red eye with the handy pop-up flash diffuser. Quick and convenient to put on & take off.
I purchased this diffuser a few months ago, primarily because the Gary Fong Puffer was out of stock. It retails for less than $10 is a handy diffuser that you can just tote in your bag or in your pocket without worrying about space issues. You have to modify it a bit to fit onto some cameras. The side that needs to slip into your hot shoe will need to be trimmed if you want to use it on a Canon 50D because if it is used as is, it won’t trigger the flash. I used this diffuser at events during Blogalicious and it served its purpose well. Again I wouldn’t recommend using it for close up shots. For the price you can’t go wrong if you add this item this little diffuser to your arsenal.
Professor Kobre’s LightScoop
Lightscoop is a smart low-tech device that creates soft, flattering light by redirecting your camera’s pop-up flash to a ceiling or wall.
I think the Lightscoop is still my favorite light diffuser, I really like how the colors turn out and how well the light is bounced away from the subject. You can also use it for close up and macro shots. The only down side is that it doesn’t work unless there is a nearby wall to bounce off of. So it’s not going to work if you are in a gymnasium, church or any other large building with high ceilings. A friend of mine did find a solution by just purchasing a small reflector disc and using that to bounce the light from. The Lightscoop retails for about $30 and can be found online at amazon.com, lightscoop.com and other camera stores. I haven’t seen it in my local camera store yet.
If you aren’t ready to splurge on a Speedlite or any other external flash then consider one of these 3 light diffusers to improve your pop-up flash photography.