I take a ton of photos for the blog and while I am in no way a professional, at all — I do try to share only my best photos. The trouble with taking indoor photos is that our home is tiny and has very little natural light. It’s so hard for me to get a decent photo in this house! It can be very frustrating trying to take a photo without using flash. When I do use my camera flash, the photos are always washed out and extremely harsh — not good!
Check out this cool photography tool for photographers of all skill levels — Professor Kobré’s Lightscoop. This is a low-tech camera accessory made specifically for indoor photography. The product slips onto your dSLR camera’s hot shoe, or attaches to the front of compact cameras. The Lightscoop bounces light from the camera’s pop up flash to the ceiling or the wall and mimics the effect of expensive strobes.
The Lightscoop comes in three styles — Deluxe, Jr. and Original.
The Deluxe and the Original will work with many varieties of dSLR cameras including Nikon Coolpix 7100, Pentax Q, Canon G12, G1X, Powershot S100, Olympus XZ1, Fuji FinePix X10. The Jr. will work well for compact cameras such as Olympus, Pentax, Panasonic Lumix, Nikon, Canon, Fuji FinePix, or Sigma.
A Lightscoop is easy to add to and remove from the camera and the Jr. even comes with a convenient pouch that can be clipped to your compact camera’s wrist strap. The Deluxe is the perfect size to slip into your pocket so it isn’t a pain to carry it along.
Lightscoop Jr. on my Nikon Coolpix
Lightscoop Deluxe on my Lumix Panasonic DMC-G5
I used the Lightscoop Jr. to snap some quick comparison shots. It’s easy to see which photos I used the Lightscoop on. I have found the Lightscoop to be an affordable piece of camera equipment that can really make a difference in the warmth and color of the photos.
The shots taken with the lightscoop Jr. + my pop up flash have a color and tone that is truer to life than the other shots. The items in the frame aren’t washed out and there is very little glare with the Lightscoop. I know once I fiddle with the settings on my camera some more, I will be able to get better indoor shots than I was able to previously! The Lightscoop website does have very easy to follow “Getting Started ” guides that include optimal settings and tips for specific cameras.
How Does Lightscoop work?
Professor Kobré’s Lightscoop products are the only camera accessories that instantly and dramatically improve the quality of pop-up flash photos. The Lightscoop bounces and redirects the dSLR or advanced compact camera’s flash to a ceiling or wall like professionals do with their expensive external strobes. The bounce creates a larger source of light, and it brings in softer, more diffused light from a more natural direction than from the camera, itself.
The result: no more harsh shadows, bleached faces, red-eye or the dreaded cave effect from direct pop-up flash. Even professionals like it for casual shooting!
Do remember to use your Lightscoop with its recommended camera settings, which assure success with bouncing the built-in flash. Feel free to experiment, of course, knowing you may get unpredictable results.
See Professor Kobré’s step-by-step videos on setting up the Original Lightscoop on your Nikon, Canon Rebels, and Canon 40D and similar cameras. Camera settings will be the same for the Deluxe models.
Where to buy and how to stay in touch!
Professor Kobré’s Lightscoop dealers can be found at www.Lightscoop.com. The Deluxe Retails for $36.95, the Jr. for $18.95 and the Original for $29.95. To check out comparison shots taken by Lightscoop users, join the flickr.com Lightscoop Users Group. And, to keep up to date with news and other Lightscoop reviews, like Lightscoop on Facebook and follow @lightscoop on Twitter.
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