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Standard vs. Warming Lightscoop

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After I wrote the post on my Lightscoop love I received an e-mail from the people over at Lightscoop who’d been tipped off by one of you. They said thanks for the surprise review and did I want to try the warming version of the product.

I said yes and here I tried it out. These top photos are completely unedited photos taken against a white wall in my basement in the semi darkness using the on-camera flash and only switching the Lightscoop out between shots. At this point the warming one was not my cup of tea I have to say. I did like that my face looked a little bit less pale but I didn’t like what it did to the background.



But check this out. The only editing I did here was to do the exact same white balancing in both shots. I use Photoscape which has a one click white balancing option which I love and here’s where the warming lightscoop really came out great. I love how the background turned white instead of grey and that my whole face lit up. Like I said this is just one click white balancing and no further editing and if I were to use these photos in an other context I’d probably tinker about a little bit more with both of them until I was done. And remember I’m just an amateur so I’m just going with what looks best to me. A pro might have a completely different opinion on how the correct way to go is.

I have yet to try it out on shots of interiors but that’s next on my list. I have to say I’m pleasantly surprised as I didn’t think I’d like the warming one at all.

Thank you so much Lightscoopers for letting me try it!

And did you notice? How could you not, it’s FRIDAY! Have the best weekend!


  • Judith says:

    Happy weekend, my lightscooped friend! Now I’m off to babysit the cutest grandbaby there ever was. Keeping fingers crossed for both our sakes for a sunny weekend – come on, garden work and deck building!

  • Hxx says:

    Cool, well, warm, you know what I mean!
    Are you using Photoscape on Virtual PC?

  • I’m using Parallells. It’s great because I can switch from Mac to PC anytime without rebooting or anything. I use Mac for most thngs but PC for Photoscape and Live Writer.

  • Zosia says:

    Thanks for the tip. I think I am going to download Photoscape. I’ve been using Picassa, but sounds like Photoscape might have additional options.
    Trevlig helg!

  • There will not be any deck building this weekend either… Arggggh! They will deliver the materials today though and start buiding on Monday morning. The forcast looks good for painting next week so fingers crossed.
    And kiss those little cheeks for me!

  • I love that Photoscape has so many one click options as well as that you can adjust everything manually.

  • Gabor Berger says:

    Thank you for demonstrating the effects. I prefer number 3 because of the shades in your eyes, they give a nice cool contrast against the generally warmer colours of the picture.
    Trevlig helg!

  • Wow, there’s a lovely glow to the second shot isn’t there but still somehow retains the cool whites. I like it! Thanks for the tipoff about photoscape, I’ve been looking for a simple editing program for a while for my product images on my etsy shop … will give it a whirl! thanks

  • Carin says:

    I got both of them after your review (well the warming one took a good while because of a mistake on their part, which, to their credit, they rectified quickly as soon as they became aware of it), but have still to try out the warming one. I love the standard one and use it a lot. After this I guess I know what I’ll be playing with this evening!

  • Judith W. says:

    I think you’ll love the warming one even more when you use it in conditions where other yellow light is mixed in.
    Flash is created to have a colour that matches outdoor/sunlight. Those warming flash attachments (you can get them to stick on attached flashes, too) are made to give the flash the same yellowish cast as the rest of the indoor light (for example when you are taking a photo of someone and there’s a whole room visible behind them). You can then set the white balance of the camera to ambient light (usually they use a lightbulb-symbol for that) and it gets the whole picture more neutral.
    If you use an unchanged flash on a person in situations with a lot of ambient you’ll otherwise either have a neutral person in front of a very yellow room, or (if you changed the wb) a neutralish room and a very blue person. So that’s where these attachments really shine, in helping to making the colour of light even throughout the picture. They never match 100 %, but it’s a lot closer than without.
    You can also get them for a greenish cast to match with fluorescent light, but I have one and don’t use it much because it never created the »right« kind of green.

  • Erin says:

    Nothing to add really except that I think I’m going to buy a lightscoop now and that you’re really very pretty, Benita! Have a great weekend. xo

  • Lisa says:

    This has nothing to do with cameras but with “Fridays”…. I miss your posts on the weekends but always know you are up to something wonderful to share that will be pretty or amazing or inspiring or all three!
    Happy weekend to you also.

  • Vanessa says:

    The edited version looks great!

  • That’s actually really cool. I might have to get me one of those 🙂

  • ginger says:

    Hilarious! I emailed them and pointed out your review – I told them it was the reason I decided to buy it and that they should send you the warmer cause I’m risk averse and prefer to read your reviews. They wrote me back but never mentioned the review – so maybe it was my letter, maybe it wasn’t. Excellent customer service though and I love it! Like the results of the warmer, too…hmmm – maybe I’ll have to get it! love your blog!