Flash photography is a unique look that is not complimentary to every subject. Worst subjects for flash photography? Newborns! However it can be several for wrinkles or face blemishes, and it it's rough on eye glasses, etc... A simple and effective way to filter the harsh light is using a common party piece, a white balloon. When external flash units cost up to $900 it’s no wonder why people come up with incredible DIY solutions. Russian photographer duo “Koldunov Brothers” have just demonstrated how a simple balloon can greatly improve your photos.

The trick is to hold the balloon against a built-in flash light. It acts as a diffuser and smoothens out any harsh beams. You can even use different color balloons to experiment with different tones of light. The best part? The cost of this awesome hack is practically $0. This Russian duo is constantly uploading useful photography-orientated content, so check out their channel if you’re looking for more tips.