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{lightscoop review and giveaway}

Update: A winner has been chosen! Congrats Tish!!
An email has been sent! ;)
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Even though I love the coziness of Fall and Winter (and cuddling up on the couch with a cup of hot cocoa), I do not like how it’s almost impossible to take good pictures. If you work an 8–5 job, you’re usually limited to the weekends if you want to take pictures in natural light.

That’s one of the first things I’ve learned when I first got my DSLR: Always take advantage of natural light and never-ever use your pop up flash.
Well, these easy-sounding rules are hard to follow when you leave the house in the dark and don’t get back home until after the sun goes down..

So, of course I was super excited to receive the Lightscoop to review! I have seen it in blog land and it sounded like a little miracle worker. And it truly is! Even though it can’t replace natural light 100%, it’s an amazing little gadget that definitely helps take good pictures in bad lighting conditions.

The way it works is, it slides over the camera’s hot shoe and redirects
the pop up flash to a ceiling or wall.
All you need to do is follow these easy step-by-step videos to set up your camera.

Here are a few examples that show the differences (all pictures were taken after sundown and are straight out of the camera):

On to the giveaway:

The wonderful people over at Lightscoop would like to give one lucky
{nifty thrifty thrings} reader their very own Lightscoop!!

Just use the Rafflecopter form below to enter!

The giveaway is open to US residents only.

» Good luck!! «

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclosure: I was provided with a Lightscoop to review, however, all opinions in this post are my own. 

I’m partying here! ♥

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65 Comments

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    Nicole
    Tuesday October 23rd, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    I would probably be taking a picture of food :)

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    Heather S.
    Tuesday October 23rd, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    I’d retake some of my blog craft pictures.

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    Danni Baird
    Tuesday October 23rd, 2012 at 12:54 PM

    Perfect product for the upcoming winter! What a great idea!

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    Pri
    Tuesday October 23rd, 2012 at 01:09 PM

    I would probably take a picture of my friends’ Halloween costumes!

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    Christina at I Gotta Create!
    Tuesday October 23rd, 2012 at 01:49 PM

    I would love to win one. I always have a project in the works that I would be snapping photos of!
    <3 Christina

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    Kelley
    Tuesday October 23rd, 2012 at 02:13 PM

    My kiddos!

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    Cathy @Our Mini Family
    Tuesday October 23rd, 2012 at 03:45 PM

    The first thing I would like to take a picture of would be of my most recent craft for my newest blog post! :)

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    Jess @ Spool and Spoon
    Tuesday October 23rd, 2012 at 03:47 PM

    As much as I craft and would want to use this for that, the first picture I would take would definitely be of my cat. She’s the cutest thing ever but only hangs out in the darkest rooms of the house (i.e. closets, powder room, and basement) where there is practically no natural light. I’d love to get some good pictures of her :)

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    Melanie @ Whimsical Creations
    Tuesday October 23rd, 2012 at 03:54 PM

    I would love to win one. I would take photos of my kids. :)

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    Kristy @ Shona Skye Creations
    Tuesday October 23rd, 2012 at 04:05 PM

    I was just trying to mock one of these up the other day! First thing I would take pictures of (being honest here) are my dogs. My kids are sick of posing! LOL I would love to win one! Thanks for the giveaway!

    Kristy @ Shona Skye Creations
    http://shonaskye.blogspot.com

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    Krystyn
    Tuesday October 23rd, 2012 at 04:09 PM

    Oh I would love a Lightscoop — what a fantastic tool!!!

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    Briana Richardson
    Tuesday October 23rd, 2012 at 04:11 PM

    I would love to try taking pictures of my girls inside the house! I love this!

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    Renonda
    Tuesday October 23rd, 2012 at 04:20 PM

    I would take a picture of my kids.

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    the cape on the corner
    Tuesday October 23rd, 2012 at 04:29 PM

    my cats! i’m like their paparazzi, but it can’t be helped! thanks for offering this!

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    Rhonda S.
    Tuesday October 23rd, 2012 at 04:33 PM

    Just got a new camera for my birthday, would love to have the lightscoop! Snap, snap, snap!

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    Jessi @ Practically Functional
    Tuesday October 23rd, 2012 at 04:37 PM

    Oh my gosh, I would love one of these! The lighting in my apartment is horrible and yellow. I would take pictures of our cats first, it’s hard to get good pics of them :-)

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    Peggy
    Tuesday October 23rd, 2012 at 05:45 PM

    The desk I repainted with ASCP and the chair I painted with CeCe clay paints.

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    Iuliana Blakely
    Tuesday October 23rd, 2012 at 05:45 PM

    Evey time I have the inspiration to cook something so I can post a recipe on my blog for my readers, it’s always in the evening and my pictures inside suck, so I never end up posting anything. Also, it seems as though my two year old does the cutest things when daddy gets home from work, which means no natural light again. This would be an awesome tool to have to capture more of life’s moments!

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    Roxanne R.
    Tuesday October 23rd, 2012 at 06:38 PM

    The flash for my camera points in a million different directions but this would definitely help to diffuse the light, making it more even from all aspects.

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    Kayla R.
    Tuesday October 23rd, 2012 at 06:57 PM

    I would take a picture of my kiddos, especially since our sorry little camera appears to be gone I now have nothing to use.

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    Lisa
    Tuesday October 23rd, 2012 at 07:11 PM

    I would take amazing pictures of my boys or get some photos of the food — I make for my blog!

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    Rebecca
    Tuesday October 23rd, 2012 at 08:07 PM

    My daughter. Then perhaps some of my craft projects.

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    Carla Hundley
    Tuesday October 23rd, 2012 at 08:08 PM

    What a great idea! I’d love to win.

    Carla from Utah

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    Darci
    Tuesday October 23rd, 2012 at 09:11 PM

    Although I would love this to take pics of my jewelry that I make, my first pics would be of my kids.

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    Lenore
    Tuesday October 23rd, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    I’d have to photograph whatever my latest creation was.…food experiment or craft project… I would LOVE the flexibility of having natural light equivalent effects!

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    Janet @ I HEART My Glue Gun
    Tuesday October 23rd, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    My kids, of course! :)

    http://www.iheartmygluegun.com

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    katie
    Tuesday October 23rd, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    I think the first thing I’ll take a photo of is food! lol.

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    lori
    Tuesday October 23rd, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    I’ve been wishing for one of these! They would be so useful!

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    jo
    Tuesday October 23rd, 2012 at 11:54 PM

    It would have come in perfect for my daughter’s homecoming last weekend, but that is done :-(

    My daughter and I would probably go crazy taking pictures of the our pets — we always end up with devil/possessed red eyes with a flash

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    Sarah
    Wednesday October 24th, 2012 at 12:16 AM

    I’d love to take this traveling!

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    Lori Cook
    Wednesday October 24th, 2012 at 02:40 AM

    My first pictures would be of my kids.

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    Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl
    Wednesday October 24th, 2012 at 04:41 AM

    Eeek, I just found your site through Online BlogCon and Something Swanky — I love, love, love it! I’ve heard a little about light scoops before, which I could totally use. I’m with you–I leave the house before dark and get home after dark, so it’s difficult to get any good food shots in with natural light this time of the year.

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    Nichole @ Pinkie for Pink
    Wednesday October 24th, 2012 at 05:13 PM

    This looks awesome! I need one of these!!

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    sue v
    Wednesday October 24th, 2012 at 06:54 PM

    probably the new kitten

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    Tiffany Anne Kuechenmeister
    Wednesday October 24th, 2012 at 07:06 PM

    My dog, most definitely!

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    Elisabetta
    Wednesday October 24th, 2012 at 08:00 PM

    I have set my eyes on the lightscoop since I saw it around somewhere over the internet. Winter here in Scotland is so long and dark. I would definitely be taking loads of photos of my little darlings!!

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    Judy Perry
    Thursday October 25th, 2012 at 12:54 AM

    I would take pictures of my dogs, my cat & of the cards & scrapbook pages I created reciently

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    julie
    Thursday October 25th, 2012 at 09:04 AM

    Omgaga what a great giftaway that would very nice to win. Thanks for sharing, God bless.

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    Alexandra
    Thursday October 25th, 2012 at 09:46 AM

    I would take a photo of my DIY art worldmap.

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    Jacinda
    Thursday October 25th, 2012 at 04:31 PM

    I would use to first to take tutorial pictures in my not-very-bright sewing room!

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    Gina
    Thursday October 25th, 2012 at 11:10 PM

    that would be great to take photos of my cards. The lighting is never quite right.

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    Amy*
    Friday October 26th, 2012 at 04:04 AM

    Wow! What a difference! Light scoop makes me want to go back and re shoot all of my projects! But maybe I’ll start with some funny cat pictures instead :)

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    malia
    Friday October 26th, 2012 at 06:05 AM

    I need this! The natural light in Seattle sucks for about 9 months out of the year!

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    Tish
    Friday October 26th, 2012 at 07:38 AM

    I would love to win this! Taking pics of some of my DIY projects world be high on the list of pics to take.

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    {floral friday #77}
    Friday October 26th, 2012 at 10:01 AM

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    Karen
    Friday October 26th, 2012 at 02:06 PM

    WouLd love this for my photo a day challenge during the
    Winter months.

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    Carrie Glasgow
    Friday October 26th, 2012 at 02:44 PM

    Sounds like an awesome solution to photographing crafts for Etsy and eBay. I always have trouble getting the lighting just right and find many of my photos to be unrepresentative of the actual item. As I use designer fabrics with textures and ornate adornments, I always spending enormous amounts of time tinkering with my camera settings. I love this idea!

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    brittany
    Friday October 26th, 2012 at 03:44 PM

    What a difference this product makes! Would love to win and experiment with it! Fingers crossed!

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    Stella
    Friday October 26th, 2012 at 08:24 PM

    Wish I had had this in college when my best friends and I had a food blog. It’s hard to take good pictures of good food when restaurants think that the best dining experience is one in near darkness.… :\

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    Pam
    Friday October 26th, 2012 at 10:03 PM

    Hiya! What a cool prize!!! This would be so helpful in my business. I make and sell jewelry and handcrafted items. The lighting never seems quite right for the items, and this would be wonderful. Thanks for having the giveaway. Blessed be, hugs!!!

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    Celeste
    Saturday October 27th, 2012 at 08:45 PM

    My dog. (:

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    Brenda D
    Saturday October 27th, 2012 at 09:34 PM

    Would probably be of my grandchildren.

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    {nifty thrifty sunday #81}
    Sunday October 28th, 2012 at 12:02 AM

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    Crystal
    Sunday October 28th, 2012 at 12:04 AM

    Thank you so much for the chance to win! I’d probably use it on pictures of my kids. They’re the funniest at night when the lighting is terrible and I’d love to capture those moments. :)

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    Barbara from 21 Rosemary Lane
    Sunday October 28th, 2012 at 02:13 AM

    I would LOVE this…super for taking indoor pics! As of now I drag everything outside to photograph., this would be a huge help in taking a prettier picture! And who dosen’t want prettier pics?

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    Patricia Koller
    Sunday October 28th, 2012 at 02:25 AM

    I would take pics of my kitties!

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    shiori
    Sunday October 28th, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    I think I would give it to my husband — he’s the one around here with photography talent. ;)

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    Lori
    Sunday October 28th, 2012 at 02:19 PM

    I would first take a pic of my latest project. My photos look like the before shoots in your post.

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    Eliza F
    Monday October 29th, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    I’m about to start a personal photo-a-day challenge in November — this would be pretty handy since all lovely daylight hours I am stuck inside!

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    Eliza F
    Monday October 29th, 2012 at 12:04 AM

    I need this Lightscoop to photograph my wedding centerpieces so I can find all the pieces as I continue thrifting and to help all those crazy people who have volunteered to help me thrift!

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    Alicia B
    Monday October 29th, 2012 at 08:47 PM

    I would take more photos of my cats and my husband! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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    Theresa M.
    Monday October 29th, 2012 at 09:19 PM

    I make handcrafted goat milk soap and would use it for my business.

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    Theresa M.
    Monday October 29th, 2012 at 09:21 PM

    I make handcrafted goat milk soap and would use it for my business and to help develop a blog for myself.

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    Hollie @ I'm Busy Procrastinating
    Monday January 14th, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    That’s what I get for being so behind in my blog reading … I miss a giveaway for a product I really want! Oh well. I’ve heard about the Lightscoop in the past but never did anything about it. After reading your review, I’ve looked it up on Amazon and it’s in my cart, ready for purchase! Looking forward to trying it out, as my house gets hardly any natural light. When I’m taking photos of inanimate objects, I can do okay using a tripod. But when trying to take photos at my son’s 16th birthday party in November, it was hard to get anything that wasn’t blurry, and I refused to use my pop-up flash because I hate how unnatural it looks!

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    Tuesday March 26th, 2013 at 10:04 AM

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