Did a search on this forum's title threads for 'flash' came up empty on built-in flash techniques, suggestions. I saw this thread, and after reading Chuck Gardners post#11 nice, thorough site about lighting (though for my preferences I do not like 'bringing attention to the eye with contrast', I prefer *flatter*, more "natural" scene lighting-Pam Anderson has lots of artificial, unnatural, eye-catching contrast, too severe looking for my preferences; more symetrical less severe contrast/balance is what I look for )...I found one missing area, built in flash. yeah, it's the absolute worst, but if thats all you find yourself working with, if high ISO and fast lens still isn't enough...how would you use your built-in flash and try to avoid severe contrast at any distance? http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=359554 Even the new full frame Nikon D3 $5k pro dSLR has a built in flash. If pros would never use such a flash, why is it included? I hate the contrast from any builtin flash, especially bad at close range <2m or 7ft. Horrible with macro shots. 1. Are there simple techniques or tools that pros use to tame the flash, like some type of diffusion gel card from a small softbox, you could hold up over the flash with one hand while shooting with the camera one handed (would work best with a tripod I know), even somehow attach such a diffuser to the flash once it is extended, or in the case of a PnS digicam just tape over the front of the tiny BI flash? 2. What about PnS digicams, they have a flat little bar flash built into the front of the camera body, how would anyone try to tame the light from one of those? 3. *note* assume if you have a dSLR or PnS, that you don't have a hot-shoe flash with you, that you don't have a remote flash either...just lightest weight, fewest 'tools', run N gun/travel picture taking opportunities, as is the case with most PnS cameras. a). You are stuck with just the camera and it's builtin flash, what do you, or can you do, about the harsh high contrast light of a flash? b.) Is there anyway to diffuse that light down to something that looks semi-soft indoors/outdoors? c.)If indoors, of course, if you have any other light source available, you could try to balance light sources...what with WB issues. What would you do indoors where you do not have enough light from another source to balance out the harshness of the built in flash? If you did have ability to balance ambient indoor light w/built in flash, how would you do it? TIA I expect there are multiple solutions, and all are not very satisfactory, but list any you can think of...pluses and minuses.