My (Early) Holiday Shopping List: Lightscoop — My Top Pick!

One of my pet peeves is the way so-called mainstream publications release their holiday gift guides mere weeks before, say, Christmas or Hanukkah. Now, publishing a list of recommended products would seem to be a convenience, right? An easy way for readers to lessen the anxiety of pulling a harried salesclerk aside for last minute help. In reality, holiday shopping is a nightmare: these gift guides, while highlighting any number of truly wonderful goods and services, create a mad rush (which is a boon for retailers) to purchase the very same merchandise that catches my eye. That’s the point, I suppose, of these lists in the first place. I have a better solution, one that may set a new precedent in comfort and intelligent observation: I plan to post my list of recommended holiday gifts — now!

The first product in this series is the Lightscoop (, which I have written about previously, a wonderful – and wonderfully affordable – item that transforms the way people take pictures. Created by Ken Kobre, an award-winning photojournalist and acclaimed professor, the Lightscoop eliminates the crude lighting and mediocre images caused by the sort of pop-up flash that ruins an otherwise good camera. Trust me: I’ve tested the Lightscoop — and it is a stellar union between form and function.

Professor Kobre’s has an intuitive sense of the needs of amateur photographers like myself – he relates to his consumers in a way few entrepreneurs can rival – while having a genuine interest in popularizing the fun that years of photography can offer. The Lightscoop is a perfect stocking stuffer. Get it. Use it. Keep it. Thank Ken Kobre for this amazing invention.

About Luke Ford

I've written five books (see My work has been followed by the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and 60 Minutes. I teach Alexander Technique in Beverly Hills (
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