Lightscoop Deluxe

Use with the built-in camera flash on most dSLR models.

Getting started

Buy NowBouncing a built-in flash requires particular settings to optimize the amount of light a scene receives.

How to get the most from your Lightscoop Deluxe

Lightscoop DeluxeFollow these settings:

  1. Metering Method: Spot Meter is a must for Nikons.
  2. Any method works with other brands.
  3. Camera Exposure Mode (not flash exposure): Manual (M).
  4. ISO: 800 or higher. Experiment.
  5. Widest lens aperture – f/2.8, f/3.5 or f/4.0 depending on the lens.
  6. Shutter speed: 1/200 or higher. Experiment.
  7. Flash Exposure Compensation: +1 or +2. Experiment.
  8. Flash “on” (front curtain sync) – not red-eye reduction, slow sync, etc.
  9. Pop-up flash metering mode: TTL.

View Professor Kobrés step-by-step videos (in the right column) on setting up the Lightscoop on most camera models.

Lightscoop Deluxe

Camera-Specific Help

Set Flash Exposure Compensation by pressing the flash button and rotating the front dial to +1, (see manual). TTL is the factory default setting on Nikon. To confirm that TTL is still selected, view the Customs Setting Menu>Built-in Flash>TTL.

Note: The Nikon D40 has a different means of accessing the controls than other Nikons, so the Nikon video tutorial will not be of help to you. If you need detailed instructions on setting up your D40, check out our D40-specific page.

Be sure that your camera is in a mode that supports the built-in flash. If not, the flash will not fire with the Lightscoop in place.

Check that the built-in flash has been enabled, located in some models’ menu, under the setting Flash control.

Depending on the model, Flash control is under one of the wrench or camera icons in the Menu.

Select Flash control. Here, enable Flash firing. Next, select Built-in flash func. setting. Now you also can select +1 or +2 Flash compensation and E-TTL.

View the video tutorial for the Canon 40D or Canon Rebel.

Set Flash Exposure Compensation to +1 or more by pressing the Menu button on back of camera to bring up the menu on the LCD screen. In section with Camera icon, select Flash Control. Set flash control to Pre-flash TTL. Do not use ADI.
Set the Flash Exposure Compensation to +1 or, if available, +2. (See your camera’s user manual).