As a blogger, I have occasion to take photos – lots of them. Whether it’s food I’ve cooked or a product to share, my camera is pretty much in use on a daily basis. Unfortunately, my photo ops don’t always have the best light in the room – I don’t have those big light stands to illuminate the room with light, which means I either have to try to get all my photos in during the day, when I can use natural light, or I use a flash. The tricky thing with built-in flashes is that they shine a lot of light directly on to what you’re taking a photo of causing an overexposure effect on photos. One affordable solution to help take great photos with your built-in flash but without turning everything ghostly white is the Lightscoop.
The Lightscoop is an easy install device that allows you to diffuse the light from your built-in flash to create a more natural lighting environment for your photos. To use it with my Canon Digital Rebel, I just needed to slip it in to the flash holder, with the mirror facing towards me. When the flash flashes, the light hits the mirror and then reflects up towards the ceiling. From there, it reflects off your ceiling down towards your photo subject and surrounding areas. This creates a more even and natural lighting situation to help your photos look their best.
I put the Lightscoop to the test with my new panda.
First, here is a comparison between no flash and Lightscoop. With no flash, the white of the panda looks a little more yellow and everything overall looks dingier. With the Lightscoop, everything is brighter and I think the image is crisper.
Next, I compared between the built-in flash as is and with the Lightscoop. Here, you can see that with the flash, the white is too, too, too bright. The whole picture has the distinct “taken with a flash” effect. With the Lightscoop, the photo is still clear while looking like a “natural” photo.
I was impressed with how well the Lightscoop was able to enhance my flash photos. In addition to creating a better lighting environment for your photos, the Lightscoop will eliminate red-eye, shadows, and other issues that come from using a flash, or from not using a flash (because flash photos sometimes LOOK like flash photos.)
If you’re looking for an affordable way to help make your indoor photos look better consider the Lightscoop. It is available for $29.95 and comes in standard and warming options. You can also purchase Lightscoop online at Amazon.com for just $29.00.
The WiC Project Lightscoop Giveaway
One winner will receive a Lightscoop! (Visit their website to see if Lightscoop fits your camera.)
Please note this giveaway is only open to residents of the continental US.
Disclaimer: This post consists of my (and/or fellow tester) opinions only. Your experiences may be different. No compensation was given for this review/giveaway. I did receive a free product from the manufacturer or their representing PR agency to use and test for the purposes of this review. This did not affect the outcome of this review.