Lighting is everything when it comes to taking great pictures.
A while back, I shared my love for the Lightscoop, a handy little contraption that you attach to the top of your DSLR camera that bounces the flash onto the ceiling and makes the light look much more natural.
Here are a few pictures of my little loves to illustrate the difference. These two photographs were shot in my basement on the exact same camera settings (f 1.8, 200 shutter speed, and 800 ISO). The only difference is the first the flash is used my itself and the second the Lightscoop is attached to the flash.
Notice how the first is ghost-like with almost no variation to skin tone and shape? Blech. The picture on the right side is much more natural. Now this one…
The picture on the right could have been slightly adjusted on my camera, but it is still a much more natural look than the picture on the left.
As much as I love the original Lightscoop, I recently had the opportunity to try out the Lightscoop Deluxe. There are two major features of the Deluxe version original version: (1) The swivel feature, and (2) the fact that it folds up for easy storage. The fact that the original Lightscoop worked best on photographs with landscape orientation was a drawback for me, since I often take portrait-oriented photos. It was also a bit bulky and hard to fit in my camera bag at times.
I have been extremely happy with both versions of Lightscoop. I think they take pictures that are every bit as good as those taken with an external flash (that run $250+). Having a Lightscoop product is an affordable way to get great pictures even in less-than-ideal lightning conditions.
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