Ya'll, today packed with awesomeness because 1) It's Try New Adventures Thursday and I have something quirky to share with you and 2) because I'm guest posting over at Impress Your Kids. Will you go over and show some love? I would really appreciate your feedback on my topic there.
Ok, on to Try New Adventures Thursday...
My main subject (my 1 year old son!) is always moving. Which means that when we are in low light situations (i.e. in our house!) I can't really use a slow shutter speed. Too blurry. He's on the go.
Ideally, I'd shoot all my photos outside or by windows to capture the natural lighting, but in reality, sweet moments often happen in poor indoor lighting. I don't want to miss those moments!
What are my options besides using a slow shutter speed? Using a tripod. Um, hello. That option is also out. Squishy goes straight for it and totally forgets about whatever cute thing he was doing.
Next option: Use the pop-up flash on my camera. The flash will give me a clear picture, but it will also give me overexposed (overly bright) faces and harsh shadows. I've found that pictures taken with my pop-up flash are very difficult to edit, too.
Other than those two options, I could fork out money for the flashes that professionals use. But that is not remotely in our budget right now.
Then Tidy Mom had a giveaway on her blog for this cool little gadget called a LightScoop that fits over your camera flash and uses a mirror to deflect the light onto the ceiling. It gives your photo more light, but it looks more natural and eliminates the harsh shadows. And it's only $30! Very cool...I'm saving up for one.
But in the meantime, I've copied the concept behind the Lightscoop and have been using a handheld mirror in front of my flash. And it works! Here's what it looks like:
A little dorky, yes. But look at the picture difference (these photos are unedited--straight from my camera!):
The con is that I have to use one whole hand to hold the mirror when I'm shooting pictures...thus the reason I'm saving up for the Lightscoop.
But in the meantime, here's to super frugal camera equipment--my bathroom handheld mirror! It's helping me capture moments indoors that I wouldn't want to forget.
That's my new adventure for this week....what's yours? Link up your blog post below, link back to me, and then visit the other participants and show some love! :) Looking forward to what you have to share.