How Lightscoop Deluxe Has Transformed My Photos {Review}

I reviewed Professor Kobre’s Original Lightscoop a few months ago and loved it. It really transformed my indoor photography. However as much as I enjoyed it, I had two complaints – 1) It was bulky and wouldn’t fit in my small camera bag and 2) It did not work for vertical photos. I still used it all the time but I did wish those issues could be addressed.

Then I heard about a new Lightscoop – the Lightscoop Deluxe. It was as if +the makers of Lightscoop heard me personally and set out to fix those two issues.
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The Flash Dilemma

As I’ve learned more about photography, I’ve learned that it’s best to not use a flash. And with my Nikon D7000, I often don’t. But there are times – especially during the winter months – where I need to take indoor photos with poor lighting. Out comes the flash.

But there’s a problem with that. Built-in camera flashes (even nice expensive DSLRs) are often too strong and have undesirable results – bleached out faces, ugly shadows, red eye, etc. And the finished photo doesn’t turn out as you want.

There’s a couple options. You could buy a better quality flash but that can be EXPENSIVE. And if you’re like me with a limited budget for photography, that’s not an option.

Or you could get a Lightscoop.

The cost for a Lightscoop runs from $18.95 (Junior) to $36.95 for the Deluxe. That’s a lot more affordable than $500 for a flash! Even if your goal is to get a better quality flash in the future, Lightscoop is the perfect solution for the meantime.

So what is Lightscoop?

Lightscoop works by simply redirecting the built-in flash of a camera to a wall or ceiling. The result is a soft natural light – much more like what we actually see vs a distorted view from the camera’s flash alone.

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Lightscoop Deluxe – “Pro-Like Results with Your Pop-Up Flash”

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The very first thing I saw with my Lightscoop Deluxe was how thin and small it was. Small enough to fit into my pocket! This one can fit into my small camera bag without a problem now.

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It was easy to put on my camera by following the simple directions. I had to check a few settings on my camera for ultimate results, such as the ISO, Spot Meter, the F-stop, shutter speed, etc. Again very easy.

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Once that was set up, I started taking pictures. I was amazed at the results. At first, they were the same as the Original Lightscoop – great! But then I tested out moving the mirror around. This allows for more versatility in the camera’s position as you have more options for bouncing the light. And I discovered that I’m getting even better results now than with my regular Lightscoop.

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I did a series of tests with Luke’s sippy cup sitting on a dark corner of my kitchen counter.

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I am impressed. The only complaint I have with this version is that I can’t just leave it on my camera. I have to take it off when I don’t want to use the flash because there’s no way to close the flash with the Lightscoop Deluxe on the camera. However, that’s just a minor inconvenience and one I’m perfectly willing to put up with because everything else is so fantastic.

The results speak for themselves. Here’s another example of a photo I took using my Lightscoop Deluxe. It was dark and the lighting was poor, here at Nathan’s recent birthday party.

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The Lightscoop Deluxe is pretty awesome and 110% worth it at $36.95. If you have a DSLR camera, I highly recommend you check out Lightscoop.

 

Erika
About the Author

Erika, the founder of Musings From a SAHM, is happily married and a homeschooling mom to four children. She lives in New Hampshire and has a passion for writing, encouraging other moms, her family, and Jesus. She also enjoys baking, spending time with friends, and is an aspiring photographer.

Comments

  1. Wow. What a difference it makes.

  2. Julie Wood
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    Lightscoop sounds like an amazing item to help take better pictures. I have never heard of this product, and I see that it is not very expensive to purchase. I like this item and am going to look into getting one. I am so excited to have learned about a great product to help me take pictures!

  3. md kennedy says:

    Gosh, you are such a photo-phile! I am just a point and click peson myself but would love to win a DSLR and then I would get so into it. Seems like the light scopp did a great job with your pix.

  4. Great.
    I used a little trick on my camera, with a bright paper (learned that in a photo class), and it really works. Flash is a difficult thing to deal with. But this Lightscoop seems perfect, I can take off that ugly paper from my camera, and a mirror must work much better than a paper, I think. :-D

  5. Maddie K. says:

    Oh YES! I will so be looking into this. I was fretting how I was going to be able to afford a $500 bounce flash! This is brilliant!

  6. That is pretty neat!
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  7. That makes a lot of sense! Great review…I really appreciated it! Thanks.

  8. Keara B. says:

    I love photography and I’m not a huge fan of artificial lighting, especially with a tiny on-camera flash! But this looks like an awesome product, I would love to try it. Anything that can make the lighting appear less “in-your-face” is a good thing for me. Thanks for sharing- now I want to go get one!

  9. Something to think about buying for my photo “expert” family members. I just usa a point and shoot Nikon Coolpix but others in the family use our Nikon SLR and love it. Maybe this could be a birthday or anniversary present for my hubby.
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