I don’t (yet) own a flash so from time to time I use the built in pop-up flash. This produces harsh light so I picked up the Puffer by Gary Fong. It’s a diffuser that softens up the flash and I’ve been thinking of getting is for a week or two.
Here is an example just using one of my models. The top is without the puffer and is too bright. The puffer softens up the flash; it works better with people.
It’s about $20. I’ve been careful putting this into the hot shoe but I can see why some people have broken theirs. The plastic is brittle and feels like it will break easily. It should have been made out of plastic that is a little more pliable but if I’m careful I should have no problems.
It works but I need to pick up a SB-600 flash. This is not bad but nothing beats bouncing the flash off of the ceiling.