If you are looking for some clever ideas how to add fun effects to photos, then you should take a look this really simple yet clever diy camera trick. They are so easy, and you can diy in less than an hour.
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You really can get soft light, with a little help from The Pop-Up Flash Bounce. ---(I like the comparison pics but the product name makes me think of some sort of stripper move -pop-up-flash-bounce-) is it just me?