Take professional photos (in your own home) with Lightscoop

Take professional photos in your own home with the Lightscoop


Two and a half years ago, my first son was born.  Most of his ‘firsts’ were documented with my iPhone.  Don’t get me wrong, the photos are decent on the iPhone… but I felt like I was cheating his memories when I could have much better photos.  After a while, I finally talked my husband into getting me a Canon T3 dSLR camera for Christmas.  To my surprise… it wasn’t quite the immediate solution I had hoped for.  I had taken a few photography classes in college but nothing that taught me how to get a toddler to sit still for a photo. 

After trying several times, the only way I managed to get a clear photo of my son was with the flash.  Most of those photos turned out terrible!  The flash was just too harsh.  My son’s face was bleached out, he was squinting in the photos and I can’t imagine that the flash felt very good to his brand new little eyes.  After realizing that I just didn’t have the skills to make my dSLR work for me, I resorted to using my iPhone again for indoor photos.  I could not afford a professional set up with different lenses and flashes.

It wasn’t until recently that I learned of Lightscoop.  What is Lightscoop?  It is a simple, yet genius device that redirects the flash, making it more natural instead of direct and harsh.  There are currently three Lightscoops available for purchase; the Original, Deluxe, and Junior.  The Original and Deluxe can be used on most dSLR models, while the Junior is for advanced compact cameras.  I was sent the Deluxe to review and include in my 2013 Holiday Gift Guide.

The Deluxe Lightscoop is simple to install on your camera.  There are a total of three pieces: the shoe mount, the arm, and the mirror.  To put the Lightscoop on my Canon T3, I turned the camera on, raised the flash and put the shoe mount on the hot shoe.  Shoe mount… hot shoe… what are these, you may ask.  I wasn’t even sure myself at first, but the helpful instruction booklet and online Getting Started page were very helpful!  Once the shoe mount is on the camera, you can just slide the arm in, and then the mirror.  It can only go on your camera one way, so you don’t have to worry you have it backwards.

Once the Lightscoop is installed, you may have to change settings.  You can view the recommended settings on the Getting Started page I linked to above.  Even when using auto and some basic program settings, I was able to see a huge difference in my photos.  I did have to angle the mirror a few times when doing some product photos with a white backdrop – I had on a pink shirt and kept reflecting pink back to the picture… whoops!  I was also very happy to see that my boys were no longer squinting at me with every photo.  My dogs even didn’t mind getting their photos taken!


Lightscoop is definitely a must-have for moms!  Not only will it make your photos look better with a softer flash, but you will be saving your children’s eyes from the harsh light.  You will see details that you are unable to get with a direct flash and finally be able to properly preserve those memories!  We have even added the Lightscoop to our 2013 Holiday Gift Guide!


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2013 Holiday Gift Guide

Lightscoop was chosen to be included in our 2013 Holiday Gift Guide!  Are you looking for that perfect gift?  Check out the gifts on our list and you might find just what you were looking for!


Family Centsability was not monetarily compensated for this post. A product sample was provided in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own.


15 Responses to Take professional photos (in your own home) with Lightscoop

  1. Danielle! Thanks so much for your great Lightscoop review! We’re thrilled that you’ve seen such a nice difference with your pictures. If anyone has any questions about our products, we have lots of info on our website and we’re quick to respond to emails, too! Thanks again! Happy to partner with you anytime! Best, Mary, Lightscoop CEO, mary@lightscoop.com

  2. I’m super stoked about the Lightscoop! I am an editor for an international working dog magazine and becoming more and more interested in taking my own photos. I am purchasing a Canon T3i SLR for myself in a few days. I will be traveling the world interviewing working dog handlers (police and military) and hope to get better pictures on-site – inside & outside.

  3. I love to take pictures of everything! I especially like to take pictures of my kids, our dog, flowers, trees, and pretty much anything outside!

  4. Thanks for the site information! I love the change in the photographs using the light scoop! I tend to photograph my daughter and a lot of nature activities. I hope to get more into family, maternity and baby photos!

  5. I love this! however I don’t have a dslr camera. I have a Nikon Coolpix P100. I was wondering if the device would work on my camera? thanks1

  6. A better option would be to buy an off-camera flash and use a diffuser to soften the light. I can see the difference in both photos, however, it seems to have created a bit of an issue with white balance. On my screen both photos have a hint of orange. Easily fixed though, thankfully. Thanks for sharing the info!

    • Thanks for the input! To be honest, my son has an orange skin tone, as weird as that seems. It is due to an eating issue he has had where he still mostly eats baby foods. The doctor said that since there are so many orange baby foods, it has tinted his skin a bit, so unfortunately the skin tone in that photo is accurate. I did have the camera on auto and we currently have a partially exposed wood ceiling in the room those two photos were taken in, so that could have affected it as well, reflecting back the tone of the ceiling. I took several other photos of products for a product review with a white back drop and everything turned out perfect with no tint. I do imagine if you are in a room with colored walls or a colored ceiling that it could greatly affect the use of the Lightscoop though.

      I do agree that there are many other options that could yield even better photos. Even if off-camera flashes and diffusers are a similar price, this is much more convenient for myself because it just attaches to the camera and I still have a hand free. I think it is definitely a helpful, quick, little tool for a non-professional photographer who just wants to get better photos at home though.

      I am by no means a professional photographer and I am still experimenting with the Lightscoop. It is definitely a useful piece but I do think that it takes a bit of practice to use it to its full potential. I will try to update soon with more photos!

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