It will blow your mind.
If you’re like me, you take your DSLR everywhere with you, absolutely everywhere. My trusty camera has been with me at 5, 000 ft. above sea level in Costa Rica, on a horse going uphill in the country, on snowy mountain slopes and inside my daughter’s dingy school gymnasium. No matter where I’ve been, I always avoid using the flash.
Flash is Evil.
Or that’s what “they” say but, it doesn’t have to be! I seriously cringe when I see the portrait of Gabby above, it’s over processed, too much shadow and just not a great picture. I took this picture in my basement in the area where there is no windows or natural light. I used the flash and this was the result.
If I hadn’t snapped both of these portraits myself, I wouldn’t have believed that a tiny attachment to my DSLR could make a world of a difference when using flash. This is the exact same space, the pictures are literally a few seconds apart and the subject did not move.
This warm, nicely balanced picture was taken in a dark corner in my basement. How it works is the Lightscoop uses the flash and instead of directly hitting the subject. It bounces the light to the ceiling and then back down to the subject which results in a warm picture.
Easy to Install.
I installed my Lightscoop without even looking at the instructions, honestly. But, I did double-check if I did it properly. It comes with two clips, one for Canon’s and another for Nikon’s. I slipped my clip onto the mount and then attached the mirror. It is actually easier to just do than to explain but, above is a diagram that illustrates how to mount the mirror.
Get the BEST Out of Your Lightscoop.
How to adjust your camera settings
- To get the most from your Lightscoop, be sure to follow these settings:
- Metering Method: Spot Meter is a must for Nikons.
- Any method works with other brands.
- Camera Exposure Mode (not flash exposure): Manual (M).
- ISO: 800 or higher. Experiment.
- Widest lens aperture – f/2.8, f/3.5 or f/4.0 depending on the lens.
- Shutter speed: 1/200 or higher. Experiment.
- Flash Exposure Compensation: +1 or +2. Experiment.
- Flash “on” (front curtain sync) – not red-eye reduction, slow sync, etc.
- Pop-up flash metering mode: TTL.
Be a Pro.
I love how Lightscoop is helping people everywhere to not be afraid of the flash on their cameras. I know now that I can take beautiful shots in low lighting and use my flash without worrying about the blow out. For $36.95, I think it is a fair price to improve your pictures massively. If you want more information, you can always send @Lightscoop a tweet or like Lightscoop on FB for the latest updates.
Do you use your flash on your camera?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela and partner and best friend to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.