I got an exciting new toy yesterday, and I’m in love! We had an Amazon gift card that we agreed to split, and I couldn’t easily think of what to do with most of my half. I got a 5-in1- reflector right away, but didn’t know what else I wanted.
Also, it’s been bumming me out for a while now that I can’t take pictures inside, and since the weather has been horrrrrrrrible most days in Texas, we’ve been stuck indoors way too much for picture-taking. Well now I don’t have to only be outside to take photos nor do I have to settle for washed out flash photos. I didn’t get a Speedlite either. *drumroll please* It’s a Lightscoop!
Even though I’d like to get a Speedlite eventually, it just isn’t in the budget for the immediate future unless I’d like to sacrifice making other purchases first. Anyway, the Lightscoop is only about $30, fits on the hotshoe of my camera, and reflects the light from my built-in flash onto the ceiling! It won’t work with high/dark ceilings, and you’ll need a light colored wall just 3-4 ft away to do a vertical shot. It’s not meant to work outside, but I saw someone post photos of shots taken outside with it. It’s so great, you just never know! I would definitely recommend checking out the product site and the Flickr group where users have uploaded sample photos taken with a Lightscoop.
I took a bunch yesterday morning after taking it out of the box. These aren’t great photos since I just snapped away randomly to play with my new toy while Cady was going through her morning routine (milk and Barney), but I did a lot of before and after shots to give an idea of what a big difference it makes.
These are what the shots look like straight out of camera:
Did I mention that I took these photos INSIDE while it was DARK and RAINING out? Yes, our prayers for rain in Texas have been answered, and I was still able to take photos in our home. Fantastic.
I played around with my settings a bit after initially taking photos with the exact settings on the instructions. It says to shoot wide open, but that can vary from lens to lens.
Just to note, I took these in room with yellow lights on, hence the warmth in the photos. I didn’t use the warm version of the Lightscoop. These were taken with the standard version.
P.S. I was even thinking these would be great for taking pictures of food for cakes since there’s never enough light when I try to shoot those inside!