Why Use Lightscoop

Taking pictures with the built-in flash on a Nikon, Canon or similar digital camera is tricky. Your subjects likely wind up with red eye, harsh shadows, that unflattering deer-in-headlights look – flash photography is even known to make newborns and babies cry!

The Lightscoop camera accessory offers no-tears photography.

Just slip it onto your camera’s hot shoe and it bounces the light from the flash to the ceiling or wall just like pros do with their expensive strobes. The result: Your indoor photographs are as beautiful as those you take outdoors.

Have a look at the Lightscoop difference:

Direct Flash

Direct light from your camera’s tiny built-in flash may expose the subject properly, but it can’t reach other surfaces around her. That’s why the background is so dark. The result: a not-great photo.

Bouncing Off a Ceiling

Using a Lightscoop camera accessory to redirect and bounce the light to the ceiling reflects light down and spreads it around the room. This approach creates a larger, more diffused source of light that comes from a natural direction (rather than from the light of the flash coming the middle of your forehead). Soft, diffused light from a natural direction more evenly covers the space and fills those harsh shadows. See how much nicer this image is? Now we can see the background.

Bouncing Off a Wall

Using a Lightscoop to redirect and bounce the light off a wall reflects light from the side and spreads it around the room. This approach creates soft, window-like light that more evenly covers the space and fills those harsh shadows. Professionals create soft, directional ‘window light’ with strobes and umbrellas or light boxes. You can do the same by aiming your built-in flash and Lightscoop to a light-colored wall. Turn the camera vertically with the Lightscoop Original or Lightscoop Jr. Angle the Lightscoop Deluxe’s mirror to aim toward the wall when shooting verticals or horizontals.

Goodbye red eye, harsh shadows, nuked faces and the dreaded cave effect!

Lightscoop is a pocket-sized lighting kit that turns your built-in flash into a tool even professionals love for casual shooting. Slip a Lightscoop on your camera and never miss another fabulous picture. You’ll start to love your built-in flash – and your friends will think you hired a pro!

Lightscoop Bounce vs. Flash Diffusers

No one likes how the direct built-in flash turns babies and pets into red-eyed demons and familiar faces into shiny ghosts.

Flash diffusers may cut the shine a bit, but putting a diffuser in front of a flash cannot change the size of the built-in flash’s light, nor can it affect how light falls off. That’s the reason the first person or object in your picture is properly exposed but anything behind is in shadow. And the light from the tiny built-in flash still comes straight at your subject rather than from above (like a ceiling light) or from the side (like a window).

When you redirect the light from a built-in flash to a ceiling or wall, the reflected light shines back onto a scene in a much wider pattern. Bouncing the flash, as professionals call it, creates a larger light source on a ceiling or wall that sends back light from a more natural direction.

The bounced light eliminates “hot spots” and fills shadow areas within an entire scene. Products such as the Omnidome, Lumiquest and Fong flash diffusers can soften hot spots and shadows a bit, but the tiny light from the built-in flash still comes from its unnatural position. Its light still cannot spread over the larger scene to illuminate all subjects and completely eliminate harsh shadows and hot spots.

Simply put, bouncing light with a Lightscoop delivers much better results than using a flash diffuser!