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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