For those who do not know what pin-lights are, they are those little tiny, white dots you end up seeing in your loved one’s eyes when you use your built-in flash for your camera…it isn’t very appealing and the only way to avoid having that happen is, either don’t use your flash or buy an external flash for your camera.
I hate the pop-up flash – it causes harsh light and shadows, but it is the only option for indoor photos of my children, seeing as we do not have excellent sunlight coming through the windows, nor do I have money to shell out to buy an external flash. The other option I have is to buy a hunk of plastic called a Light Scoop, for $30. A wonderful invention for those who are stuck with the built-in flash, yet cannot afford the external flash. What a great option for me…except I don’t happen to have $30 floating around to spend on such a thing…so today, I made my own Light Scoop and I couldn’t be more thrilled at my hideous experiment!
I was fortunate enough, that my husband is a graphic designer and has this wonderful black mount board for me to use – nice and sturdy. I also was on the hunt for a little hand-held mirror, but found none – so I snagged this little mirror from my L.L. Bean travel toiletry case…which, you can tell, I never use since the plastic is still on the mirror to protect it.
I made my own little template, measuring here and there around my camera and then taking those measurements to the board, hotshoe insert and all…not too shabby.
I then superglued it all together.
And used some black foam to re-enforce and fill in the gaps…hideous? Yes. Now, let’s see how useful it is?
Baby with pop-up flash.
Baby with DIY Light Scoop (he’s teething folks, can you tell?)
Little Lamb with on-board flash.
And with my hideous contraption.
Eyes with pin-lights.
And eyes without pin-lights.
I love you my hideous DIY Light Scoop!!
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