A few years back I purchased my DSLR, it was a big investment. And while at the time it was mostly for fun, I use it on a daily basis for my business and the blog. I take all of the pictures I use on the blog, and lately I’ve been running into problems. Not with my camera exactly, but with lighting. After I get done with working, cooking and get ready to do shots for a review it’s dark. Yes, that time change has already taken it’s toll on me! But I don’t want to make dinner at 2 pm just to get the shots I want, and our kitchen has only one small south facing window. Lighting worries have plagued me for a while now, and I refuse to use my in camera flash. I actually always preach
“natural lighting!”. But there is nothing I can do when it gets dark at 4 pm.
Recently Lightscoop sent me one of their Lightscoop Deluxe to test out and review. Within a day of using the Lightscoop Deluxe, they have changed what I think about using the built in flash on my camera!
My problem with using the built in flash? It doesn’t balance well and washes out the subject. It is too bright, and the images look low quality. They may be up close and in focus, but they look unprofessional. I have been a fan of using natural lighting for as many shots as I can.
The Lightscoop Deluxe changes how your in camera flash works. Installation is easy, and it simply fits in the hot sync for an external flash on my Nikon. You simply slide it in, angle it how you want and set your ISO and shutter speed (you can find recommended settings on the Lightscoop site). You can adjust the settings to see if it works right for you.
Once the Lightscoop Deluxe was installed, I had to find a test subject. Luckily for me, Godiva was helping me work that day. I set my ISO and shutter speed and took a shot of her with the in camera flash.
But then I added the Lightscoop Deluxe on the camera and took another image. Not only was Godiva thankful to not be blinded by the flash, but we got a crystal clear shot of her within seconds that she was willing to sit for. I was hooked instantly! I started to take some outstanding review images, and I was able to at night without any problem or having to adjust the lighting!
The only issue I’ve had with the Lightscoop is when I try to remove it from the hot sync the magnet releases the mirror a little too easily. So my practice is now to remove the mirror and slide the arm out afterwards. I re-attach the mirror and fold it up and put it back in its sleeve until next time. The remove-able mirror is one of the features I like about the Lightscoop Deluxe, you can buy extra mirrors in different colors so you can change the color and tone of your images easily.
The Lightscoop Deluxe is a simple solution for so many problems I’ve had and I know other DSLR users battle with daily. It turns your in camera flash into a bounce flash so you can have more professional images even in bad lighting areas!
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