To diffuse it, simply take a piece of tissue paper and tape it over the flash for an easy diffuser. As for bounicng, it can't really be done. Bouncing is aiming the flash as the wall or ceiling and letting it bounce of the surface and onto the subject. A pop up flash is stationary and can't be angled. I have heard of trying to use an index card to try and bounce, but the pop-up flash is trypically not strong enough to really do well that way. I would recommend going ahead and buying a external flash if you are shooting with a slr camera. As for backgrounds, basic black is a great starter. White is reallly pretty and versatile, but if not lit correctly, it shows up grey in photos. The trick to backgrounds is to use backdrops or backgrounds that aren't too busy. Start basic.
at 2:37 PM on Mar. 4, 2009