Thursday, April 8, 2010

My Favorite New Toy

Okay, clearly I suck at photography. Well, maybe I'm being too harsh on myself, but I'll just go ahead and say that I will be happy to take any help that's available.

My biggest fear/weakness/pet peeve about photography is trying to take photos indoors with little or inadequate light. So, when someone suggested the Lightscoop, I was intrigued. When I found out it only cost $35, I was thrilled.

Photo courtesty of

This tool basically takes a camera's flash and bounces it off nearby light-colored walls, ceilings, furniture, etc. It works almost the same way as reflectors work that professional photographers use. (Okay, that's just a guess on my part. I think I know more than I really do.)

The company claims that the Lightscoop is only for DSLR cameras. (insert sound of me crying) But, I do have a hot shoe on my camera (the holder-thingie for an external flash) so I figured it was worth a try. So, I bought the Lightscoop. And I tried it tonight while Violet was taking a bath in the kitchen sink. Here's the results:

First, with just a regular flash:

See how the color just isn't too great? And, you can't really see a harsh shadow, but there is one (It's behind her ear. In other pictures it was more pronounced).

Now, with the Lightscoop, using the settings suggested by the company:

OMG can you tell what a difference it made? And I am just a crap hobbyist photographer! Can you imagine how great it would work for people who actually know how to take great pictures??? I can't wait to use this for Charlie Brown's birthday party this weekend. Most of my birthday party pictures always suck because the lighting is low and the shadows are all over the place. I am hoping this little tool will become my new best friend.

And, just so you know, I did not alter the photos ONE IOTA except to resize them for posting. I did not touch up exposure or color or cropping or anything. They are SOOC (straight out of the camera).

If you are interested in buying a Lightscoop, they are having a sale right now. Just enter the code SPRING at checkout and you will get 25% off your order!

And, in the interest of full disclosure, I was not paid for this. I didn't get anything for free. I am the one who found them for their product, not the other way around. I just simply found something that's great, and I want to share the good vibes with other people.

So, Go get yerself one! And tell them Texan Mama sent ya! (Actually, they won't care. They don't know who the hell I am.)


Barbara said...

There sure was a difference, I will look into one of those. Thanks for sharing this tip,

Please come and read my post of yesterday and then come back Saturday for the follow up. I think you will laugh a little.


Gigi said...

Violet is such a cutie!!!

Don't you just love when you find a great product!!

Jess said...

What an amazing difference! I hope that one day I can take pictures half as good as you do!!
Violet is adorable!!

Aunt Crazy said...

I saw a HUGE difference in the pictures. I must admit, I do have a DSLR but I don't really know how to use it except on auto, I do know that I can keep clicking the button for getting action shots that I love but other than that, I have NO IDEA how to use it. I the thingamajiggy that you got for your point and shoot is awesome!

Jennifer said...

That is awesome! And just look at that chunky baby. Yum.

I want a DSLR so bad. Unfortunately I don't have a DSLR budge. More like a throw away camera budget. Which really sucks because I think my little point and shoot might be ready to bite the dust.

Emily said...

I'm all about anything that will improve my photography skills! Thanks for the tip!

Sturgmom said...

Violet's gotten so big!!

Karly said...

Violet is adorable! The lightscoop looks awesome!

Wendy said...


That is so cool.

I'm off to buy one, right now.

Wendy said...

That code saved me $9, too. Thanks!

Foursons said...

Wow, amazing difference!

Bridgett said...

THAT is on my birthday list now. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Hi there,

I also own a Canon SX10IS, and have recently purchased a Lightscoop based on what I've read of your success with it.

However, I notice a lot of light seems to leak out below the Lightscoop, which seems to light the bottom 25% of the picture too strongly.

Have you encountered this problem? How have you dealt with it?

Thanks for any ideas/insight...

Seattle, WA

Texan Mama @ Who Put Me In Charge said...

Hi Aaron. I know what you mean, I noticed that happen sometimes too. What I have found that works is one of two things: 1, I have added a small amount of paper below the opening where there is a gap between the lightscoop and my camera body. That holds in the extra light. Or, 2, use a battery with higher power, like the lithium batteries - like Energizer 8x. The extra oomph of power gives the flash the extra power it needs.

Hope that helps!