pop up flash question?

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    Hey,
    What would you guys recommend to make my pop-up flash on my D40 more usable. A diffuser or one of those light bounce things? I realize an external flash would be best hands down, but that's just not an option right now. Suggestions?
    thanks
     
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    Just get a piece of tape. Then tape the flash down so that it never, ever gets used. ;)
     
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    That's what I did! Works perfectly! :lmao:
     
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    That's probably the best option. Diffusers will help soften the light a bit but the light is still coming from an unnatural direction (from the camera).
     
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    :hail:

    I've owned four cameras with popups (and three without). I've never once popped up the popup. I don't even know if they worked!
     
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    Ha ha, discovered mine does not even work the other day. Glad i never use it
     
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    alright, I get it... pop flashes suck. But that's what I've got right now and I'm only looking for a 'make do' option. I seen you can get diffusers for the pop up from Adorama for around 20$ and the bouncer$ for around 40$, are these really not worth it for a beginner?
     
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    But you tried to use it! :lol:
     
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    In my opinion, they're not worth it for anyone. While you're awaiting the money to get an external head, bracket and cord, my suggestion is that you practice ambient light photography.
     
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    i would take that money and put it in a flash fund.

    play with index cards, business cards, tissue paper (colors too!)...any bit of bounce and diffuse will help.:thumbup:
    get creative, and then when you can, pick up a sb600 or something.
     
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