A Face Mask Can Double as a Flash Diffuser for Better Portraits

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I recently found a very practical solution for diffusing a camera flash. The solution is perhaps the most practical thing available during the COVID-19 pandemic: the spare medical mask that I kept on my bag.

What’s great is that I don’t have to hold the mask in my hand. The mask’s elastic bands fit perfectly over my camera body as if it was produced for this purpose.

For a smooth and pleasing result, it is enough to fluff the fabric part a little bit after attaching the mask. It may be cheap and small, but a mask can give great results as a diffuser.

I’m planning to include the mask in my photography bag even after the pandemic is over. It’s a small, practical diffuser that can be found in everyone’s bag and on everyone’s face these days.


About the author: Ugurhan Betin is a Getty Images photographer based in Istanbul, Turkey. The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author. You can find more of Betin’s work on his website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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