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One of my goals for this year is to improve my photography skills. I’ve learned a lot over the past 15 months of blogging, but the great thing about photography is there’s always something more to learn and other steps you can take to get better!
One huge issue I have with my photos is lighting. The lights in our apartment are very yellow, and natural light isn’t easy to come by because the windows are small and there are tall buildings just outside them blocking the sun. Boo! But recently I was given an opportunity to review the newest Lightscoop Deluxe, and it has seriously helped with a lot of my lighting issues! And, I get to give one away to a lucky reader!
The Lightscoop works by bouncing your camera’s built-in flash off of a mirror placed just in front of it. The light is directed upwards and bounced off of the ceiling so that when it hits the subject of your picture, it’s a lot more spread out and natural looking.
See how there are bright spots in the picture above taken with just the flash? (These photos are straight out of the camera, I only re-sized them a bit… #nofilter!) And the colors are really washed out. Also, it’s pretty obvious that the light is coming right down onto those trays from about my head height… With the Lightscoop, the light is bounced off the ceiling so it comes down from above, like normal overhead lighting, or like the sun, which gives it a much more natural and soft look. And the colors are much brighter and warmer, not cold and washed out like with the regular flash. So much better!
All you have to do is slide the mount into your camera’s hot shoe, attach the mirror to the mount, and you’re good to go! Super easy! There are great directions plus some instructions on the optimal camera settings to use with your Lightscoop on their website.
But the coolest thing about this new Deluxe model is that the mirror rotates! This way you can turn your camera sideways to take a vertical picture, and still use the Lightscoop to redirect the flash! Or if you are going for a side-lit photo, you can point the flash towards a wall instead of the ceiling. So many options!
Cute pots, right?! This is a little sneak peek of my most recent project; I’m getting my indoor herb garden started back up again, and you’ll see a full post on them in the next few weeks!
The thing I hate the most about using my flash is that it makes giant white spots in your photos. Anything that is remotely shiny will turn bright white! Mirrors, windows, plates, even your skin or eyes! But the Lightscoop spreads the light out over a much larger area to eliminate those bright spots. This means I pretty much use it all the time, and goodbye shiny foreheads!!!
Plus, the Deluxe version folds completely flat! This means you can carry it around in your camera bag without it taking up too much space, or even just fold it and stick it in your pocket! Love it!
There are tons of other things about my photography that I need to get better at (umm, composition!), but the Lightscoop is a really simple fix for the lighting issue, and good lighting goes a long way towards making a good photo! And at $36.95 it’s totally reasonably priced! They make a great gift for any photographers in your life (Mother’s Day anyone?!)
So, are you ready for the giveaway? The folks at Lightscoop have generously donated a Lightscoop Deluxe for me to give away to one lucky reader! Just use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter! (If you’re reading this in an email or RSS reader, you might have to click over to the actual blog to enter). You mus be a US resident to enter.
Disclosure: I received a Lightscoop Deluxe to try out in exchange for my honest review. But this thing is great and all opinions are 100% my own; I would never write a post about something I didn’t totally love! Practically Functional will only publish sponsored posts for companies or products I believe in! 🙂
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