I get frequent emails about what type of camera I use. Up until last January, it was a point-and-shoot, but last year I switched to a “big girl” camera. The nice folks at Nikon let me try out their D60 for a few months and I was hooked. Thank goodness for a generous media discount! I promised them I’d review the camera, and still need to, but that review will wait until I feel I’m using more of all the camera’s capabilities. I’m probably only using about 50% of its features now, so a review isn’t fair to them yet.
Last year, I decided to apply myself to photography a little more. Once you start getting into it, you can very easily get carried away buying different types of lens, props and the like, so I started with reading books on the topic. And I bought a strap since mine disappeared, for a grand total of $3. Then I discovered the Lightscoop. And it changed everything. For a crazy 24 bucks.
It slides right over where your pop-up flash is on your DSLR. Thirty seconds later and you’re ready to take it for a spin. What it does is it serves as a “bounce” for your flash, so instead of having the harsh light of your flash on the subject that you’re photographing, it bounces it up and out to a ceiling or wall, and you (and your photo) get the light of the flash, but not the ill effects of it. One of the first rules I learned with photography was no flash, no flash, no flash. This gives you the affects of it, without the negative aspects of it. Pros use all sorts of things to diffuse the harshness of a flash … umbrellas, for example. This does the same thing.
If you look at the (untouched) pictures above, you can see the difference. The picture on the left is with the regular pop-up flash doing its thing. The picture on the right, I still had the flash on, but also put the Lightscoop on the camera. You can see I still got the “light,” but look at how soft everything is. How warm it is. It doesn’t have that harsh, fake brightness of the regular flash. Look at Mary’s veil in both pictures. And the Baby Jesus. How rich and warm the colors are with the Lightscoop. And how washed out they are with the flash. Isn’t that the coolest thing? Love a bargain accessory for the camera, and thought it was the perfect thing to share with you guys.