This is a different kind of post than I’ve done on here before, however I feel it’s something worth covering. Most of the photographers I’ve worked with use some kind of diffuser on their flash. For those of you that don’t know what a flash diffuser is or how it works, I’ll try to cover those area briefly.
Flash diffusers put some kind of fabric or plastic between your flash and your subject, whatever it may be. They help to soften the light that hits your subject. Below are just a few diffuser examples, there are many more available than what I’ve shown (there are also a plethora of ideas on homemade diffusers).
Now I will get on to my review. I have nothing against any of the diffusers shown above. I’ve just found from my use that I love Interfit’s Stobies – on camera flash diffusers. Not only can they be used as diffusers, but they can also be used as a small bounce light. 2 in 1? Works for me!
I know a lot of you are on a budget, as am I. So when I was on the prowl for a diffuser I didn’t want to break the bank. I bought my diffusers from Amazon and certainly didn’t break the bank in doing so.
Here are a couple of images, one without diffused flash, the other two with.
I like the softer look with the diffuser on. Not such harsh shadows and not washing out colors. Definitely a plus for me!
Now for a few pictures of the diffuser on my camera – I apologize for the image quality, I really dislike my point and shoot, sorry.
These diffusers fold neatly into their own pouch when not in use.
If you can’t tell by now I love these. I’ve used them in portrait shoots and weddings. Some of my other equipment will come and go, but these will remain a staple in my camera bag.
If you’re interested in buying these, I’ve included the Amazon links below. They are available in both small and large. Small is great if you only use your on camera pop up flash, the large is great if you use the full flash, like a Canon speedlite 430 or 580. I bought both diffusers in preparation for one day getting a “big” flash, but right now I just use my pop up flash and it does great!