My biggest fear/weakness/pet peeve about photography is trying to take photos indoors with little or inadequate light. So, when someone suggested the Lightscoop, I was intrigued. When I found out it only cost $35, I was thrilled.
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This tool basically takes a camera's flash and bounces it off nearby light-colored walls, ceilings, furniture, etc. It works almost the same way as reflectors work that professional photographers use. (Okay, that's just a guess on my part. I think I know more than I really do.)
The company claims that the Lightscoop is only for DSLR cameras. (insert sound of me crying) But, I do have a hot shoe on my camera (the holder-thingie for an external flash) so I figured it was worth a try. So, I bought the Lightscoop. And I tried it tonight while Violet was taking a bath in the kitchen sink. Here's the results:
First, with just a regular flash:
See how the color just isn't too great? And, you can't really see a harsh shadow, but there is one (It's behind her ear. In other pictures it was more pronounced).
Now, with the Lightscoop, using the settings suggested by the company:
OMG can you tell what a difference it made? And I am just a crap hobbyist photographer! Can you imagine how great it would work for people who actually know how to take great pictures??? I can't wait to use this for Charlie Brown's birthday party this weekend. Most of my birthday party pictures always suck because the lighting is low and the shadows are all over the place. I am hoping this little tool will become my new best friend.
And, just so you know, I did not alter the photos ONE IOTA except to resize them for posting. I did not touch up exposure or color or cropping or anything. They are SOOC (straight out of the camera).
If you are interested in buying a Lightscoop, they are having a sale right now. Just enter the code SPRING at checkout and you will get 25% off your order!
And, in the interest of full disclosure, I was not paid for this. I didn't get anything for free. I am the one who found them for their product, not the other way around. I just simply found something that's great, and I want to share the good vibes with other people.
So, Go get yerself one! And tell them Texan Mama sent ya! (Actually, they won't care. They don't know who the hell I am.)