Have you ever heard of the Lightscoop? One of the big problems people face when taking pictures is not enough light! So, when a room is too dark the flash gets used, just like I talked about last month How To Add Light When Taking Photographs. The problem using direct flash is that the light is too intense and makes the subject washed out, causes red eyes and dark shadows.
The Lightscoop is a low tech device that redirected the light from a camera’s pop up flash to bounce off of the ceiling or a wall to create a softer more flattering light. I was lucky to be sent a Lightscoop to try on my Nikon DSLR and let you know what I thought. Yay!!
Here is what it looks like on my camera. My pop up flash is in the up position and the light will bounce off the mirror. I was worried about being able to figure out how to use the Lightscoop but a set of detailed instructions came with it and I had no issues!
You’ve heard me talk about my external flash, which I LOVE!! But, besides being expensive to purchase, my speedlight uses 4 AA batteries to run and it goes through them fast! It the batteries start to wear out…the flash takes forever to recharge and becomes less powerful. So, I am really excited to have another option! The Lightscoop slid onto my camera’s hot shoe which is the same place I would attach my external flash.
Now for the real question…what did I think? Well, let me show you a couple of examples because as they say “a picture is worth a thousand words”.
I took this picture using my pop up flash directly at the booties. This seems like an okay picture until you see the difference in the one taken with the Lightscoop.
Same booties, same spot using the Lightscoop…much better!
Smarties in a jar with the direct Pop Up Flash…notice the bright spot on the wall above the jar and the bright spots on the jar.
Smarties in a jar with the Lightscoop!
Can you see what a difference this device made? Amazing, isn’t it? I am impressed! I’ve shown you how I use reflectors to add light but explained that it is hard to hold the reflector and take the picture, by myself. With the Lightscoop attached to my camera, I have both hands available for taking the shot. The Lightscoop is affordable ($29.99) especially when compared to speedlights and studio lighting plus it’s portable! It comes with a small bag to protect it. This is going to be a permanent fixture in my camera bag!
Want your own Lightscoop?
- Their website has a list of compatible camera and How-To instructions
- Made for indoor use ~ has to bounce off wall or ceiling
- 2 choices available – original and warming
Lightscoop has offered to give one of The Gunny Sack’s followers their own Lightscoop and they have given me an exclusive discount code TGS15 for 15% through 3/23/12. Enter the code TGS15 during checkout at Lightscoop.com.
Disclosure: I was not compensated monetarily for this review although I received a free Lightscoop to review. All opinions expressed are my own.