If you are anything like me, you will probably be taking tons of pictures his holiday season. Whether it is your children on the Christmas train at the mall, the family decorating the Christmas tree, or the look on your loved ones faces when they open their Christmas gifts, you want your pictures to be the best they can be. You only get one chance to capture those memories after all.

The problem is that with point and shoot cameras, and even if you have a high-end DSLR,  that the built-in flash can end up making your photos darker than you intended, or blowing out the subject by flashing too much light on it. To solve this problem, you have three options. Your first option is that you can just deal with the dark photos, which isn’t ideal; purchasing a speedlite, which can set you back a couple of hundred dollars; or using the Lightscoop, which is an low-cost alternative to the speedlite.



The Lightscoop aims to solve the problem of dark pictures or extreme flash by bouncing the flash’s light away from the subject. Redirecting the small light from your camera’s built-in flash to the ceiling creates a larger source of light that also comes from a natural direction (rather than from the middle of your forehead). Softer, more diffused light coming from a natural direction will instantly improve your photos. Here are a few before and after examples of how the Lightscoop improves your photos:

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The Lightscoop is really easy to install and to use. In fact, if you go to the Lightscoop website you can find lots of tutorial videos which can make your photographs even better! Even better is the fact that you don’t need a high-end DSLR to use the Lightscoop. The Lightscoop Original and the Lightscoop Deluxe are designed for SLR and DSLR cameras. If you don’t have one of these cameras, the Lightscoop Junior can be used with regular point and shoot cameras. To find out which Lightscoop works best for you click HERE.

Below is an example of how to install and use the Lightscoop.


BUY IT: The Lightscoop is available through Amazon for only $36.95 and would be a wonderful gift for anyone who takes a lot of photos.

WIN IT: As a bonus, Lightscoop has given me the opportunity to give away a Lightscoop to one lucky reader! This would be something that would be great to either keep for yourself or even to give as a gift. The giveaway will run through 11:59 p.m. EST on December 30, 2013. Just enter through the form below!

For additional ideas on great holiday gifts, check out the Third Stop on the Right holiday gift guide.


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