One of the most important aspects of blogging or product sales is always photography. You can have amazing content, but if you can’t show people how amazing it is with a photo, it just won’t have the same appeal. That is why I am always trying to learn new techniques and find new products to improve my photos.
My biggest challenge with taking photos is always lighting … especially when I have to take pictures indoors or wait until evening when the kids are in bed to take photos. So you can imagine how excited I was to receive a Lightscoop to try out and review!
What is the Lightscoop? Well, it is a nifty little mirror that attaches right to your camera and redirects your camera’s flash so that it bounces off the ceiling or wall to create a nice, soft light as opposed to the harsh light of a direct flash. Once I received it I had it set up in about 3 minutes and went off around the house to take some photos.
Want to see some before and after shots? I thought so!
So let me set up the scene for you for these first groupings of photos … I took these at night (11:06 p.m. to be exact) and only had the light from a corner table lamp and my flash. I normally would steer clear of taking photos in this situation because they would either come out too dark or very washed out with my flash. But I figured this would be ideal to test out what the Lightscoop can do. The photos were taken with a Nikon D40, and I kept all my settings the same for each before and after photo … the only difference is the use of the Lightscoop.
The first two photos of each set are the before and after … first without the Lightscoop and then with the Lightscoop. The before and after photos are right out of the camera and completely untouched except for cropping so the proportions stayed the same for comparison. NO other enhancements were made to these. Then, lastly I show you my final edited photo.
Here is the first set. You can see how in the top photo, the light from the flash is so harsh and completely blows out the lighter parts of the image. The bottom photo is taken with the Lightscoop and you can see how the lighting is much more natural and even throughout the photo. It gives me a much nicer starting point for editing.
And here is the edited photo of the Lightscoop image. All I had to do was brighten the exposure a bit but the colors and the lighting are perfect.
And of course I was anxious to see how it would work with some hooky items. Again, the flash completely washes out the detail and colors of the first image. The lighting in the second image is a lot more flattering.
And with just a little tweak of the exposure … voilà!
I also wanted to see how the Lightscoop would do during the day and with people. The only lighting in these next photos is from some natural light coming through the windows and from my flash. Again, the before and after images are completely unedited except for cropping. The first photo is with just my flash. As you can see, it washes out some of the coloring on my son’s skin, gives a shine to his hair, and casts some ugly shadows in the background. The second photo is much nicer … no ugly shadows and the coloring is much more natural.
And now with a tweak of the exposure in an editing tool …
And here is my favorite photo so far with the Lightscoop. I don’t have a before picture for this one because this kids is quick as lightning and ran off after one! This photo is straight out of the camera and I think it is pretty near perfect as is!
He is such a cutie, huh?
So, what do you think? Pretty cool right?! I can honestly say that I love this thing. I think it definitely makes a difference with my photos. You can check out more before and after photos on the Lightscoop site here.
And now for the really fun part … the great folks over at Lightscoop have offered to give away a Lightscoop to a lucky Petals to Picots reader!! The rafflecopter form below will guide you through the entry options. The giveaway is open worldwide and runs until 12/22.