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Here’s the scoop…

As a photography hobbyist,  I have generally not been a big fan of flash photography.  I think that my bias against flash photography, however, has come from the fact that I’ve never had any luck with it.  I inevitably end up with a washed out foreground and a dark background.  It is the curse of a point-and-shoot camera with crummy built-in flash.  Because these are the cameras I have had most of my life, I avoided use of the flash as much as possible.

While flash avoidance has given me a slightly steadier hand, it has also led me to missed photo opportunities, especially indoors.  Consequently, since purchasing my digital SLR, that can utilize a decent external flash, I have been wanting to buy one.  The steep prices have been a bit of deterrent, though…

So, I was extremely excited when Andrew discovered Doctor Kobré’s Lightscoop.  The Lightscoop is designed to bounce the light from the built-in pop-up flash against a nearby ceiling or wall in order to create a softer, fuller light-fill for your photos.  Andrew purchased one a number of months ago and I have been jealous of his results.  So, I tried his out a few times and decided to buy one of my own a few weeks ago.

Because of the way it works, the Lightscoop is not meant to be used outdoors.  It does, however, work really well for indoor photographs like the ones I want to take.  Need some proof?  Well, I’ve been doing some tests:

This is my house colors project for this year’s trip to Rhinebeck.  This will be the third year my knitting group is going to be attending the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival.  This will be the second year that we have chosen a color theme and each knit an item to wear at the festival in that color.  As you can see, this year’s color is blue:

Anyway, more about the knitting later.  Right now, we are talking about the Lightscoop!  So far, I have to say that I am pleased with the results of my testing.  I really like the soft light that the device produces.

While I have not yet had time to do a lot of experimenting, I can see a lot of use for the Lightscoop in my future.  I think it will really come in handy for knitwear photography over the fall and winter, when natural light seems to be a scarce commodity.  Anyway, the best part about the Lightscoop is its price.  It cost me $24.95 on Amazon!  You really can’t go wrong…  Go ahead and get one…  You know you want to…  It’s ok…  I’ll wait…  go on…