Most people who know me know that I LOVE to take pictures. I’ve been snapping pictures since I was a young girl. I remember my many cameras that I used in my younger years. Kodak Disc Cameras, 110 film cameras and Polaroid. There is one camera that stands out in my mind and it actually “talked”. I believe it was a Minolta and it would say things like “too dark, use flash”. Cameras have come a long way and I’ve upgraded my camera but “too dark, use flash” still rings in my head. I don’t enjoy using my pop up flash and I haven’t invested in an external flash. For some reason they intimidate me. Plus, I don’t wanted to spend the money on one. I try to use natural light when possible but low light interior conditions are unavoidable. I really hate how ugly my pictures look when I use my camera’s flash. I’ve even tried bouncing the flash with my hands but that’s hard to do when you’re chasing after your toddler! That and the harsh photographic results. I’m sure most parents have experienced red eye and overexposed faces in many of their pictures. We all take a bazillion pictures of our children and darn it, we want nice prints! We’re photographing spur of the moment and most of us don’t have our own studio equipment. Equipment is costly and parents need portability, accessibility, simplicity and the ability to be spontaneous!
I discovered Professor Kobré’s Lightscoop® on BizzieMommy.com. I was really curious to test out the product for myself. The product is intended for interior shots. It looked like a great alternative to buying an external flash unit. Lightscoop is a camera accessory that works in conjunction with your camera’s flash. It slides easily over your camera’s hot shoe and redirects your pop-up flash to a ceiling or wall. Subjects are evenly lit, sharp and no more shadows! The instructions recommend using neutral-colored ceilings no higher than 8-12 feet or walls no farther than 3-4 feet from the camera. I have a red wine colored wall and thought I’d test it out. It actually produced refined, warm images. I definitely recommended exploring different settings after you’ve tried the recommended ones. I’m sure you could even get interesting images outdoors if you’re creative with accessible surfaces.
After shooting with it all weekend I am totally impressed with the results! Lightscoop helps achieve quality and dimension. My subjects really pop! The images look professional and natural. This is a great accessory at a reasonable cost. As I have stated the Lightscoop is really easy to attach so off you go! The Lightscoop works on most DSLR cameras. There is a universal model and one for Sony models. I own the Canon 30D and it worked perfect. Make sure to check out their list of compatible cameras before purchasing this product. There’s also a simple instruction page on how to get the best use out of the Lightscoop. Parents, this is a wonderful solution to your flash nightmares and you will definitely see a difference! This is the type of plastic that you really need!
The Lightscoop is priced at $34.95 and can be purchased on lightscoop.com.
Here are a few before & after shots:
* We did not receive monetary compensation for this review.
*We did receive a Lightscoop for review purposes. This will in no way sway our opinion of the service.
The review is in our own words and is our opinion. Your results and opinion may differ.
Very cool! I didn’t know this existed. Nice alternative!!
That is amazing!! I want one. I think I may order one right now. Thanks, Tee, for another great review:)
Awesome! This is exactly what my photo girl needs. She really wants an external flash, but they’re $300!
Thanks for the mention. The Lightscoop is my favorite photography accessory and has me taking indoor pictures again. If you are on the fence between buying an external flash or a better quality lens, go for the lens and get a Lightscoop.
This thing is amazing! So much easier to use (and more portable) than my external flash! Thanks for the tip!
I got one today to review. So excited! I like your comparable pics.
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This makes a big difference in picture quality.