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My photography has greatly improved since I purchased my Canon Rebel T3 DSLR camera. I think it matters what type of equipment you use when taking photographs, but also knowing how the camera works is just as important. I have learned techniques that I use here on my blog to improve my photography, and I apply these techniques to any camera I use, including my smartphone.
One of the tips I have learned and use all the time is to utilize natural light as much as possible. I am lucky that our kitchen table is very close to three big windows that get great natural sunlight most of the day. This is where I take the majority of my blog photos and work on projects. However, it is starting to get really cold outside. We woke up this morning to our yard being covered in snow. Even with the blinds open, on overcast dreary days, it is so hard to take pictures anywhere in my house.
I need a way to be able to take blog pictures anytime of the day or night that look as good as possible. I also tend to take more pictures of my family indoors during the colder months, as well. Originally I started looking into light kits to add to my camera or to use separately. They are not cheap! And the external light umbrellas are not practical to use when you are hosting a party or at an event indoors.
I have raved about my Lightscoop before here on the blog. Besides my lenses for my camera, it is my most used photography tool I own. I get asked all the time about it at parties where I am taking pictures indoors. Basically, it is a little mirror that attaches to your camera. It is small, portable and inexpensive, but does an amazing job!
For my camera, I have the Lightscoop Deluxe. There is also the original Lightscoop for DSLR cameras and a Lightscoop Jr. for advanced compact cameras.
So how does the Lightscoop work?
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.
It is so easy to install and remove. You can go from taking pictures with and without it so easily.
Here are a series of pictures that I took of a gold, glittery pumpkin. The one on the left is no flash, the one in the middle is with a Lightscoop, and the one on the right is with a flash. You can see the backgrounds in both pictures without the Lightscoop is really dark.
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