My review of Professor Kobre’s Lightscoop
First of all, I would like to thank Thomas the Tank Engine for modeling today! I picked up this tool a few weeks ago mainly just to try it out and also for quick snapshots around the house etc…When I don’t want to set up external flash and such but need more light!! Basically this tool is a mounted mirror that slips into the hotshoe of your DSLR camera so that when you fire your pop-up flash the light is reflected to either a side wall or ceiling. Note that the light will only go so far as well so think a few feet to say 12 feet away maximum. Another thing to keep in mind is that you will want a white wall. Reflecting off of a blue wall might not give you the results you are looking for. Also if you are outside in the middle of a field don’t expect the light to bounce off of the air. 😉 Like all equipment, knowing how to use it is key to getting the results you are looking for.
Ok so the first image was taken in a dimly lit room with the ISO cranked right up. I believe I was 1/50 and 2.8 f stop.
POP UP FLASH
Strange tints, harsh shadows…yuck!
Overall I would say that the Lightscoop is useful but don’t pick it up expecting to get anywhere near the results of a professional flash setup. It you want something that will help bounce light for softer looking portraits of your pets, family, friends etc then I would definitely give this a try! It retails for around $30.