So here's my Works For Me Wednesday tip:
For those of you who love photography and don't have tons of dollars to spend on equipment, to avoid that heavy shadow produced by your camera's flash, use a standard coffee filter as a diffuser. I learned this tip awhile ago and have been using it with great success. Then two weeks ago I bought a "puffer" in hopes of looking slightly more professional. But alas my .01 homemade version works better than my new $20 purchase. Happy snappin'
To do this, I take the coffee filter, fold it in half and trim a bit of each side. Then I have a camera with a pop up flash so I loop it through and tape it to itself. I like to leave it a little big so its not tight against the flash. (Ya know because I'm paranoid that the super hot flash with start the paper on fire.) But I've also accidentally smashed it tightly against the flash and it still works but I think it works better with some room.
Note: That this should be used when you're indoors in a decently lit (preferably nature light) location that just needs a bit of fill flash. If its super dark you'll probably still need a full strength flash...or some good umbrella lights...but that's a whole different post.