Are you tired of bad results from your pop-up flash? Then go blow up a balloon!


posted Sunday, December 25, 2016 at 7:00 AM EDT


Built-in flashes offer a lot of convenience, but they typically don’t provide very good results. They produce harsh light, unappealing shadows and a very flat look. However, the Koldunov Brothers have an excellent and affordable way to get dramatically better results from your camera’s pop-up flash.

All you need is a white balloon. While you may very well have access to a white balloon at upcoming holiday events, it is easy enough to keep one in your camera bag to inflate and use at a moment’s notice. The larger you inflate the balloon, the softer the light, but you can get nice results even with a small balloon. All you need to do is hold it in front of your pop-up flash and fire away. Check it out in the video below.

If you want to get fancy, you can even experiment with different colored balloons for some fun effects. For more videos like this, check out the Koldunov Brothers’s YouTube channel.

(Seen via DIY Photography)