I’m Lovin’ It – Lightscoop

There’s nothing worse than a picture with bad lighting. And if you’re a blogger, you know the drill…..NATURAL light is BEST.….Don’t use your flash! We hear it over and over again.

But what’s a blogger to do this time of year?

You’ve got this great dinner recipe you’re dying to share with your readers. But by the time you prepare dinner (and make your family wait while you photograph it) all the good light is gone.

If you have a dSLR camera, you have a few choices; use a tripod, and super low shutter speed and hope for the best, use the dreaded on camera flash (yuck), or spend some dough on a speedlight, ego lights or some other sort of studio lighting.

But I recently came across a fantastic  little gem!  It’s genius really………

It slides easily over your camera’s hot shoe and redirects your pop-up flash to a ceiling or wall.



Lightscoop® is a smart low-tech device that creates soft, flattering light by redirecting your camera’s pop-up flash to a ceiling or wall.

The Lightscoop is a fantastic affordable alternative to an external flash.  No more red eye and overexposed faces from using the pop-up on camera flash.  You get portability, simplicity and affordability, at just $29.95.

Take a look at these shots I took of my daughter one evening in my office. (all shots are straight out of camera)

using Lightscoop

See how much warmer and more natural the picture on the right is?  I am totally impressed with quality and dimension achieved byt the Lightscoop!

Here’s another example with some goodies we made one day ……..I’m shooting with a large window to the left, but it was a dark and rainy day.  So after the first few shots I realized I just wasn’t going to have enough light (and I didn’t like my props lol)…..the shot on the right was taken using my Lightscoop! much better!

Using Lightscoop

Can you tell I’m Lovin’ my Lightscoop!

  • The website has a list of compatible cameras
  • For indoor use  (you need walls or ceiling to bounce light)
  • Available in Original scoop and Warming scoop
  • Easy to use and set up instructions
  • Affordable

Get the Lightscoop and save your money for a really cute camera bag!

TidyMom Giveaway

This Giveaway has now ended!

Congratulations to #569 Karen @ Time Crafted I think you’re going to LOVE your Lightscoop can’t wait to see what you do with it!!


The awesome people at Lightscoop would like to give one lucky TidyMom reader their own Lightscoop!

To Enter:

  • required: Visit Lightscoop and tell me how owning a Lightscoop would improve your photography.

Get Extra Entries by: (leave a separate comment for each)

  • Become a subscriber to TidyMom by doing one of the following: subscribe via RSS, email or Google Friends connect (see widget at bottom of page) Already subscribe? AWESOME!… but be sure to let me know in the comments so your extra entry will count.
  • Tweet about this giveaway: I want to shine light on my #photography with @Lightscoop & @TidyMom #giveaway
  • Join TidyMom on facebook
  • Join Lightscoop on facebook and let them know how you would use the Lightscoop
  • Link up to I’m Lovin’ It, and leave a comment letting me know you linked up!

Giveaway will end on Feb 10, 2010 at 5 pm CST. One winner with a valid entry (US resident only) will be selected at random using I will email the winner and they will have 48 hours to claim their prize.


Now it’s your turn!

go here to get button code

Let us know what you’re lovin’ this week!

If you have something to share with us on your blog, add your link below.
*Don’t forget to come back over the weekend for the I’m Lovin’ It Wrap Up post……were I feature a few of the great links!!

What is I’m Lovin’ It Fridays? get all the info, how to’s and button here

Disclosure:  I awesome people at Lightscoop provided me with a Lightscoop of my very own, I was not compensated in any other way for this post.  My opions and love of photography and light are all my own.

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Cheryl Sousan

A self-proclaimed neat freak, Cheryl chronicles her journey through homemaking on her blog,, where she shares recipes, tutorials, crafting and her ever-growing love for photography. This St. Louis mom juggles her passion for life, her daughters and her tiger-loving husband, all while her obsession with tidiness cleans up the trail blazed behind her. Google+


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  4. Oh my, where has LightScoop been all of my scrapping life? Lighting is always the culprit on poor photos, with this the scrapping possibilities are endless! The basement playroom, with almost no natural light – now I can get those puppet plays and barbie dream house set ups documented!

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  6. I Like’d Professor Kobré’s LIghtScoop on Facebook, too!

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  8. I ‘liked’ you on FB. 🙂

  9. I ‘liked’ LightScoop on Facebook. I really really want one of these!

  10. Hi, Cheryl!! I would love to win one b/c of the exact reason you listed. When I try to take photos of “night” recipes, they turn out horribly!! Lightscoop has a great site—love how they have everything categorized (food, kids, family, etc) 🙂

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  12. Why have I not heard of this before!! I so need this for all my late night crafting sessions:) I found this on their website: The Lightscoop light is as soft and directional as window light!! AWESOME!

  13. This would make pictures of my girls so much better inside!

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  17. Wow, how great is that! I would love a Lightscoop!! Email subscriber~ Thanks for all the great posts!

  18. Ooooh, you know I would *love* this. Sometimes you just have to use a flash, so why not make it pretty??

  19. My house doesn’t have much natural lighting, so this would be great for taking indoor pictures of my son.

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  22. Oh my! I NEED this! I just got my first DSLR camera a few months ago and am struggling to turn it off of auto and shoot in manual mode. However, half the time that I shoot, there is no natural light. This would solve this problem!

  23. Tweeted!


  24. I checked out Lightscoop’s website This would make my life SO MUCH EASIER. I would be able to work on taking photos of my crafts in the evening when my kids are ASLEEP. That would be amazing.

  25. I love bouncing flash when I am using my external flash, but I don’t always want to have all the bulk… this would save me when I just want better light without the added weight of a flash.

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  27. This would help my photo tremendously! Thanks for introducing this to us. I love it!

  28. I subscribe! Thanks

  29. I am always wondering how I can take better pictures. I would love to win the Lightscoop!!
    I want to shine light on my #photography with @Lightscoop & @TidyMom #giveaway

  30. I want to shine light on my #photography with @Lightscoop & @TidyMom #giveaway
    I would love to have this to help my photography!!

  31. I love this! I’ve never seen one of this, but it looks awesome. I’d love to try it. It would make my photography much better because I have an external flash, but when my toddler is doing something cute (or naughty), I have to quickly grab my camera and I don’t always have time to run and get my flash and attach it. This would be awesome.

  32. My dark house makes for terrible pictures! I need lightscoop’s help!

  33. OH MY WORD!!!!! Talk about uber happy!!! Its Happy Dance time!! THANK YOU! :> Off to email you now! :>

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