Better Photos with the Lightscoop Flash – Review & Giveaway

by Mama Chocolate on February 11, 2012

A few months ago, I took the plunge and bought myself a DSLR camera. I’ve been waiting and waiting and saving my pennies and finally, just before the new year, I got online and made the order.

Anyone who has lived with a sad little point-and-shoot camera, (especially one that is on it’s last leg and threatening daily to give up the ghost for good,) and then switched to a DSLR can sympathize with my delight about this whole situation.

This purchase has probably made me happier than any other purchase I’ve made in my entire life…but you know what’s making it even better?

Seriously, I’m going to rave a bit here. I can’t believe the difference this Lightscoop accessory is making. I’m still learning the ins and outs of my camera and I’m certainly no expert. I still have a long ways to go in learning how to take really, truly, good photographs.

But the Lightscoop is giving my photos a professional look that I figured was years away down the road in my photography education.

What is a Lightscoop?

The Lightscoop is a simple, yet clever device that gives your photos a soft more natural look by redirecting the pop-up flash to a ceiling or wall.

Easily “installed” on your camera by slipping it onto the hot shoe, you’d hardly believe that such an inexpensive, low-tech device could work such wonders to your photos.

Say goodbye to red eye, nasty shadows, washed out faces and blurry kids in your indoor shots!

How does it work?

The Lightscoop is a small mirror that deflects the light upwards to the ceiling, (or to the side towards the wall.) This automatically causes your photos to have a more naturally-lit look. The light is coming from above, (or from the side,) instead directly at your subject.

A normal, pop-up flash often causes a harsh, unnatural glare in your photos. Before the Lightscoop, I avoided my flash whenever possible. I hated the way it made my photos look, but without it, my indoor pictures were often blurry.

With small, wiggly people, you just need that flash sometimes, but I still avoided it almost completely. Not so much anymore. I have that Lightscoop on for all of my indoor shots now. I am much more inspired to take photos, and actually feel hopeful now I will actually have enough pictures that I am happy with that I can make a whole scrapbook for each of our kids, (in my loads of spare time, woo hoo!)

The “No Flash” setting is what I was using on a regular basis. Apologies for Katie’s somewhat vacant look here…I resorted to Wallace & Gromit to get Katie to stay in the same place long enough for before/after photos! ;-)

With the regular flash, Katie looks sort of pale and ill. I hate this look that flash photos get. But see that one on the right? (Even Katie is happy about it, LOL!) I am seriously amazed by the difference!

Another benefit of the Lightscoop, especially when photographing babies and children: that nasty, harsh flash doesn’t shine right in their eyes! They don’t even realize it happened!

I am excited to use this for younger babies…a normal flash is just too cruel to subject such sensitive little eyes to! (I’ll be using it soon for a newborn, if that little bugger of a niece/nephew ever decides to show up.)

I love this photo. I have taken literally hundreds of pictures of my girls in this room, in this highchair, and have been happy with…two? Maybe three of them?

With the Lightscoop, I suddenly felt like I had 50 scrapbook/frame-worthy shots from one sitting!

And this?! Oh my word, I would have been so irritated if I’d missed this opportunity at awesome photos when Victoria started hamming it up with her peek-a-boo routine this afternoon!

Be sure to check first to see if your camera model is supported, and then start taking photos like a pro with your very own Lightscoop for only $29.95.

Check out which version you want, the Standard or the Warming…or buy both and get free shipping!

Mama Chocolate readers can get 15% off at Lightscoop.com with the code “MC15″, active now through February 28th.

Ya’ll give your sweethearts a hint that this would make a great Valentine’s gift this year… ;-)

Lightscoop is also generously giving away one of these beauties to one very lucky Mama Chocolate reader!

 



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Stacie February 11, 2012 at 10:44 pm

I’ve had a DSLR camera for a few years now, and STILL hate my indoor shots! I would love to win this, thanks for the chance!
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Full Time Mama February 11, 2012 at 10:45 pm

I’d love to have something to improve the look of my photos! AND not having that light shine in my kids eyes will help when i want to capture a moment without them looking at the camera! =)
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Sadie February 12, 2012 at 5:15 am

The light scoop is amazing. I was skeptical at first but I am SO glad I purchased it. Worth every little penny. :) I use it all the time!

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Melissa February 12, 2012 at 7:18 am

I need this to improve on my indoor shots so bad!

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Ellen Ingersoll February 12, 2012 at 8:04 am

Ooh, that looks fabulous. I’ve been wanting to get one of these type of things! Hate regular flash photography..everyone looks like pasty wrecks!

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Brittany @ The Pistachio Project February 12, 2012 at 9:55 am

I would love to win this. Normally I’m a never use flash type of girl but with younger kids it’s sometimes a necessary evil. I’d love to have a less harsh look with flash.
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Brenda February 12, 2012 at 10:11 am

I’d love the Lightscoop to take pictures of my newborn in a few weeks!!

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Stephanie Klemm February 12, 2012 at 11:31 am

I would love a Lightscoop! I find that most of the time I’m taking pictures in bad lighting. I usually REFUSE to use the flash on the camera. A Lightscoop would be a lifesaver!

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Linette (Kid's Fun Review) February 12, 2012 at 1:23 pm

I have a DSLR camera, but still can’t seem to get great indoor photos. I’d love to give this a try to see if it will help.

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Courtney Fisk February 12, 2012 at 1:29 pm

I would like to play with this product. I have heard good things about it. I only use natural light right now and would like to have something for those evening pictures!
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Andrea Kruse February 12, 2012 at 1:29 pm

I too just purchased a “real” camera after being fed up with the limits of my point and shoot. Actually my Cannon arrived just a few days ago. I am working at learning and this would be an added boost for my photos.
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Jackie F February 12, 2012 at 2:15 pm

I’d love to take some great photos of my daughter & this would definitely be the key!

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Connie Gruning February 12, 2012 at 2:21 pm

I would love a LightScoop because my house is so dark!! I can’t get a good picture!
This would be PERFECT!!
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Mechele Johnson February 12, 2012 at 2:58 pm

I want to win this for my daughter who just got a wonderful DSLR camera for her 16th birthday! She wants to be a photographer and is really good at it.

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Tabitha @ A Restful Place February 12, 2012 at 3:53 pm

I’d love to win this – I’ve been having SOOO much trouble with lighting lately with my camera – I just don’t have all the time to figure everything out and this would be so neat!
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Sandy VanHoey February 12, 2012 at 4:40 pm

I want to win because I take alot of pictures of my grandbabies and I love the pics you have and how much more color there is and brighter the picture. I want one!

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Jennie P. February 12, 2012 at 5:28 pm

I need better photos!

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Erinn S February 12, 2012 at 6:56 pm

I love taking photos and enjoy playing around to find the best settings and shots. This would help me with the difficult lighting..like my sons Gym Sports where flourescent lighting ruins the quality

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Jessica Snook February 12, 2012 at 10:25 pm

I would love to win because I take pictures every day and don’t have this nifty gadget.

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Jerri Davis February 13, 2012 at 10:10 am

I have never owned such a nice camera and that would be great to win. Thank you Jerri Davis

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Gabrielle {CA Monkey Momma} February 13, 2012 at 10:13 am

I want to win b/c I’m constantly struggling with taking pictures in unlit places. I refrain from using my flash during all possibly situations. I love the effect the Lightscoop gave your pictures!!
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Yvonne D February 13, 2012 at 10:21 am

I like how it redirects the flash. My son is pale with blonde hair and blue eyes(red eye)…often he looks horrible in pics (and I hate that) The pics of your kiddos are sweet!

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Erin Lawrence February 13, 2012 at 10:44 am

I would love to win this! I have been saving for a DSLR for a long time and am finally getting one for my upcoming birthday. This would be great for taking photos of my daughter and her baby sister who will be here in April! Thank you!

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Christina Skinner February 13, 2012 at 10:52 am

I want it because my mother in law is always taking photos indoors with her flash and it looks just awful. I think she would love the Light Scoop!

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Amanda Laurette February 13, 2012 at 10:53 am

I want to win b/c I’m a photographer, and that looks like an awesome tool to have!!! :-)
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Amanda F February 13, 2012 at 11:10 am

I just got my first DSLR camera over the holidays and the Light Scoop was one thing a friend HIGHLY recommended as an accessory I simply HAD to have. Thanks for the chance to win one! :D

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Heidi Daily February 13, 2012 at 11:36 am

I take pictures all the time of my daughter with my dslr and would love to have the accessory

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Toby Collins February 13, 2012 at 11:44 am

Who wouldn’t love a camera that takes great pix as this?!?…and I wouldn’t have to play around with the 4 different flash settings on mine anymore, and it really has been a pain in the butt! ;D

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Cálaeb Temple February 13, 2012 at 12:34 pm

i would love it for better lighting and photography.

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Melissa H. February 13, 2012 at 12:51 pm

I’d love to improve my photos! I’ve been trying to master manual mode, but I think having the Lightscoop would greatly help!

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Penny W February 13, 2012 at 1:03 pm

I’d love to win because I love taking pictures of the kiddo and food. Both of which need a good flash.

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Trista Anderson February 13, 2012 at 1:20 pm

I would love to have this since i’ve been trying to my kids pictures myself lately
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Melanie @ Whimsical Creations February 13, 2012 at 7:36 pm

I would love to win! I have been looking at these for the past couple years…crossing fingers and toes.

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Cory February 13, 2012 at 7:51 pm

I think that this will help a lot with my photography.

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Angie R February 14, 2012 at 2:12 am

I would LOVE LOVE to win this!! I have a DSLR camera and LOVE PHOTOGRAPHY!
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Polka Dot February 14, 2012 at 11:17 am

I totally want this. I love what they do for the indoor icky dark blurriness! (especially for munchkins who don’t hold still.)
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Beth February 14, 2012 at 11:59 am

I’m actually starting photography school this fall, this would be awesome to have.

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Rachel U February 15, 2012 at 1:37 pm

I would love to try this with my 35mm SLR. Yes, I’m still in the ‘dark ages’ with my camera – pun intended – but maybe this will help bring me out! ;-)

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Sarah Hull February 16, 2012 at 10:50 pm

I would love to win, because I usually need a flash when I take pictures of my son, but a flash is too harsh. This would be a wonderful way to capture more shots of my son when we’re at home!
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Ashley Williams February 20, 2012 at 7:42 pm

I would like to win because I struggle with lighting in my pictures and this would really help.

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Matt Ferrell February 21, 2012 at 8:38 am

I’d like to win, to have better lighting in my photos!

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Nicole Sender February 21, 2012 at 12:12 pm

I’d love this camera accessory to help me take better pictures of my grand kids!

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Austin Heape February 21, 2012 at 2:28 pm

I’d like this, because I think it would enhance the lighting of my photos well.

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Lisa Pitt February 22, 2012 at 2:22 am

I would love to win this so that I can take better pictures of my super active kids! Money is tight with our military budget and this would be such a blessing!

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Dani Jones February 22, 2012 at 10:32 pm

I love to take pictures of my kids and I would love to take even better pictures.

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Amanda Alvarado February 23, 2012 at 10:27 pm

This would be given to my sister! This will be her 1st mother’s day this year and I would love to give this to her so she can take even more pics of my nieces!

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Sarah Jane February 24, 2012 at 8:45 pm

I’ve had a DSLR camera for 3 1/2 years, and hate the flash 99.9% of the time, but I’m not always able to get a good picture without the flash.
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Hilary Mercer February 24, 2012 at 9:02 pm

Because It is a very helpful tool!

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Danielle February 24, 2012 at 9:27 pm

I would like to win the Lightscoop because I’ve been shooting for years and this seems like a fun accessory to try.
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sarah carroll February 25, 2012 at 6:50 pm

I’m new at pjhotography and this looks like it would help me so much

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Anita February 27, 2012 at 11:13 am

I would love to win this camara! I have been working on a body positive fashion blog for over a year now and i would love to have an amazing camara to document photos for my blog! and my sister and brother inlaw are expecting their first baby and it would just be wonderful to have a great camara to capture the moments with!

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Whitney @ Momma Knows Best February 27, 2012 at 1:44 pm

Hi Anita,

This giveaway is for the Lightscoop – a camera accessory. The giveaway is not for an actual camera. Just wanted to let you know!
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Whitney @ Momma Knows Best February 27, 2012 at 1:43 pm

I’d love to win this because I want my pictures to have that more “natural” look!
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Lisa L February 28, 2012 at 8:46 pm

Sounds like it’d improve the look of my photos. Would love to try it!

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Wendi B ~ What Wendi Wants February 29, 2012 at 9:57 am

So sad that I missed this giveaway! I’ve been wanting to get something like this SO badly! We live in the Seattle area, so not the sunniest place, and I’ve got 2 boys that I love to take pictures of. Seems like most of the pictures are washed out (too much flash) or are too yellow (natural light).

Love the idea of the Light Scoop!

:) Wendi

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Mama Chocolate February 29, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Emailed you, Wendi! ;-)

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