I just purchased a Light Scoop, and I received it today! I thought I would show you a few before's and after's.
After... Now, I know this last one is a little too dark, but the lighting in the hallway is atrocious, but you can see that these photos illustrate the difference between direct, (in camera) flash, and flash using a LIGHT SCOOP. AMAZING!
I am so, so happy with this product! There are a few rules when using it though. You need to be fairly close to the wall behind you so that the light can bounce off and hit your subject, and you have to adjust your camera's flash and ISO settings a certain way to get the best results. I also compensated for the awful fluorescent lighting in my house by adjusting the white balance in my camera.
I also purchased the Opteka RC-2 Wireless Remote Control. I tried it out for the first time today, though I have had it for a while. That is how I took the above pictures of myself. I mounted my camera on my tripod, and snapped the pictures with my handy new wireless remote. I am very glad I purchased it, and the set up was very easy.
HIGHLY recommend the Light Scoop, even if all you are doing is taking pictures of your children indoors. It is well worth the very inexpensive price tag.
HIGHLY recommend the Opteka Wireless Remote Control. It is awesome, especially if you are taking shots that you want to be in. If you are like me, you have a ton of pictures of your children and your husband, but not many with you in them... This will fix that!