This post and giveaway is sponsored by Lightscoop. I received a Lightscoop Deluxe for review, but all opinions and photos are 100% my own. Please see my Disclosures for additional details.
So, winter is coming. No, this isn’t the beginning of a particular series of books, it means that if you live in the northern hemisphere, days are getting shorter and more and more photos will be taken indoors with less than optimal lighting. And the closer you live to Santa Claus, the less light you’ll have. AND if you work during the day, then shoot, you might not have any daylight to work with at all when you get home. That was me. Winter means drab days, long nights, and ugly photos that were either too dark, too blurry or had that stark deer in the headlights looks of “Hey, I used flash for this photo”. But now there’s a great little tool to add to your camera bag that’ll change the way you take indoor photos, and it won’t cost an arm or a leg. And for one lucky person, it won’t cost anything at all! Enter Professor Kobre’s Lightscoop, a small, easy to use camera attachment that bounces the light from your camera’s flash off the ceiling or walls, letting that light be captured as ambient light and not a blinding lightning strike in someone’s face.
That’s one of J’s toy cars. The Lightscoop is super small and easy to carry or store in any camera bag
I basically take 3 types of photos these days. One is of inanimate objects – these are my craft projects and food. Then I take pictures of a fast moving toddler who doesn’t always like having pictures taken. I don’t usually move fast enough, so I get a blurry image of the back of his head. And now, I have Miss Cutie Patootie, on whom I don’t want to use flash because it might wake her up, and it’s bad news bears to wake a sleeping baby!
I experimented with the Lightscoop on random objects and my two kids, and I’m loving the results! Besides just making it easier for me to take better photos in my house at night, it’s encouraged me to shoot in Manual mode, which I’ve rarely done until now. I’ve always used AV mode, but the instructions gave specific settings in Manual, and after playing around a bit, I’m taking better indoor photos and feeling more comfortable with Manual mode in general. Win win!
Now for the proof – before and after pics! These photos are unedited for lighting and exposure. I’ve changed image sizes and added a watermark, but that’s it.
The three images here show 1) no flash. 2) direct flash and 3) flash with Lightscoop. See the difference? Love the difference? The third image looks almost like daylike, doesn’t it? There’s no glare and the background is illuminated as well.
ISO 800, 1/160 sec, f/2.5
Here’s another set I took, while writing this post. Again, it’s “no flash”, “direct flash” and “flash with Lightscoop”. The color of the mouse is also much more accurate in the third photo. So, you can bet I’ll be using Lightscoop for taking evening indoor craft photos if I can’t shoot during the day!
ISO 800, 1/160 sec, f/3.5
Now, here’s J. He doesn’t normally (EVER) pose for photos, but he wanted to play the other day, so I was able to get this shot. Granted he wasn’t dodging the camera, but if I had to take this without Lightscoop, I’d have to jack up my ISO and use a tripod to get a clear shot, which is out of the question. He’d be gone before I even set up the tripod! With Lightscoop, the flash got bounced off the ceiling and generated much more light than was available in the room. I love this photo!
ISO 800, 1/25 sec, f/2.5
This is our Little Missus! The shutter speed is a bit slow in this set of pictures, but that’s my normal MO when shooting at night, which is why she’s not completely blacked out in the “no flash” picture like in the craft photos above. I did use flash for the second photo, but it didn’t bother her too much since she was awake and not looking at me. The third photo is one taken with Lightscoop. Again, the lighting is softer and more even, and the bounced flash didn’t make her flinch at all.
Now that you’ve seen what you can do with this little gadget, here’s your chance to win one of your own! Just enter using the Rafflecopter below. Professor Kobre’s Lightscoop comes in 3 flavors, the Original, the Deluxe and the Junior. The Original and Deluxe are meant for SLR cameras and the Junior can be used on compact cameras. When you leave a comment, let me know what kind of camera you have so if you win, you get the Lightscoop of your choice!
In case you don’t win, or you just can’t wait to get your own, or you want to buy one for every one of your friends for the holidays, Lightscoop is offering you, my awesome readers, a 15% discount on products bought through the Lightscoop website! Just use the promo code ODW2013Fall when you checkout!
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