Similar design to Professor Kobre's Lightscoop® (which costs ~ USD29.95), Light Tipper redirects the tiny pop-up flash light source to the ceiling or wall, and hence creates a softer, more diffused light coming from a natural direction. It transforms the direct harsh light from your tiny pop-up flash into pro-quality light that improves your photos.
Compatible with Canon, Nikon, Fuji, Olympus, Panasonic Lumix, Pentax, Sigma or other DSLRs with standard ISO hotshoe (except Sony, Konica, Minolta with unique hot-shoe).
Light Tipper will redirects the harsh light coming from your DSLR’s pop-up flash to a ceiling or wall, and hence
Softens shadows, reduces glare and produces a crisp, even-lit photo.
The bounced light from ceiling creates an effectively wider, softer source of light.
It also creates a wider source of light that also comes from a natural direction (rather than from the middle of your forehead). It let you capture the scene the way you see it.
Details and textures will receive even light rather than being obscured by hot spots or dark shadows. No bright hot spots or harsh shadows from one object obstructing the view of the one next to it.
Turning the camera vertically to direct the flash to a light-colored wall will create the kind of directional “window” light that is the hallmark of an interesting professional photograph. Plus, using the flash will stop blur due to subject or camera movement.
No professional studio necessary. It let you use professional photography techniques without having to buy or learn to use expensive extra lighting equipment. Even your friends will think you hired a pro!
The auto function of your pop-up flash continues to operate normally, so the flash properly exposes the picture.
Note : This smart low-tech device does not replace fully-featured and more powerful tilting external flashes for advanced or professional photographers who need them. That’s a whole other class of equipment.
How to use Light Tipper?
1. Slip the Light Tipper over the flash in its pop-up position.
2. Slide the foot of the Light Tipper into the DSLR’s hot-shoe.
3. The internal flash and the electronics in your Nikon, Canon, Pentax, Fuji FinePix Pro, Olympus, or Sigma DSLR, aided by the Light Tipper's reflector, will do the rest.
What conditions are suitable for Light Tipper?
The Light Tipper works well in most home and office environment — room with light, neutral-colored ceilings not higher than 8-12 feet, or wall not farther than 3-4 feet from the camera.
* Light Tipper redirects light from a pop-up flash to a ceiling or wall — so there MUST be a surface where the light can be bounced. This also applicable in churches, gyms, rooms with cathedral ceilings. Light Tipper will not work well in open field as there's no surface for bouncing the light.
Horizontal Photos Rooms with light-colored ceilings not higher than 8-14 feet.
Vertical Photos Rooms with a light-colored wall not greater than 3-4 feet from the DSLR camera.
* Hint: If you are using a zoom lens with a variable aperture, leave the lens at its widest focal length. For example, if you have a 18-55mm zoom lens, just leave it at 18mm. If you zoom in, your aperture may change and no longer at f2.8, f3.5 or f4.
How to make the most out of Light Tipper?
The following camera settings are designed to get the maximum light output when bouncing the pop-up flash.
1. Turn on the camera.
2. This is only applicable for Nikon. Set the Exposure Metering pattern of the camera to Spot Meter. This is essential for Nikon. For other DSLR, center-weight average, evaluative etc will work.
3. Set the DSLR camera to operate on Manual exposure mode (M) [NOT Manual Focus].
4. Set the ISO to 800. (For Nikon D90 or D700, ISO increment to 1600 or 3200 allows zooming lenses to a longer focal lengths & hence produces excellent results.)
5. Select the widest lens aperture — f2.8, f3.5, or f4.0 depending on your lens.
6. Set the DSLR camera’s shutter speed to 1/200 or 1/160.
7. Select Flash “on” (front curtain sync) — NO red-eye reduction, slow sync etc.
8. Select Flash Exposure Compensation (also called Flash Adjustment on Panasonic Lumix) to +1, +2, or +3 depending on your DSLR camera and situation. Do NOT change your camera’s exposure compensation, which is a different setting.
9. Select TTL (through-the-lens) metering for your flash.
Last Updated @ 9/10/2013 1:07:12 AM
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