- Get your flash off camera.
- Use a light modifier.
I got lucky I chanced upon this kit. I say kit because it comes with its own stand and speedlite holder. You can either use it as a shoot-trough umbrella or you can use the black cloth that came with it and use the umbrella as a reflector.
Your speedlite and umbrella are attached to the included shoe mount bracket. The black cloth is easily removed and put back.
Now, I said there are a minimum of two steps. Why two?
Well, if you just remove the flash, then this is what you can get:
Ooh! Ouch! That's blinding light! But with the light modifier:
What is produced is a nice, soft, very flattering light. (Now, can you tell which is the shoot-through shot and which is the reflected-light shot?)
So, if you want to improve your photography without having to spend so much, get your umbrella here.