Professor Kobré Announces New Lightscoop® CEO, Mary Thorsby


Here’s some pretty great new news in my world. You’ll find this on the Lightscoop website – and you’ll now find me  almost always with a camera and Lightscoop in  hand…. Here’s all the, well, scoop!

Ken Kobré, Lightscoop inventor, and his wife, Betsy Brill, who introduced the Lightscoop in 2007 and has run the company since, are delighted to announce Betsy’s retirement and Mary Thorsby’s addition to the team as new CEO.

“Betsy is thrilled to be retiring,” says Kobré, “and after many years of working with Mary on a variety of projects, we both are delighted she has accepted the invitation to join us. Betsy will work with Mary closely over the next year to make the transition.”

Professor Kobré’s Lightscoop products are the only camera accessories that instantly and dramatically improve the quality of pop-up flash photos. The Lightscoop bounces and redirects the dSLR or advanced compact camera’s flash to a ceiling or wall like professionals do with their expensive external strobes. The bounce creates a larger source of light, and it brings in softer, more diffused light from a more natural direction than from the camera, itself.

The result: no more harsh shadows, bleached faces, red-eye or the dreaded cave effect from direct pop-up flash. Even professionals like it for casual shooting!

Mary is a longtime corporate communications consultant and social media entrepreneur. Her client list includes Apple, Levi Strauss, Amgen, Genentech – and her own venture, iList Paducah, Paducah, Ky.’s first and most comprehensive community calendar.

A journalism and photography devotée, Mary is a contributor to Kobré’s Videojournalism: Multimedia Storytelling textbook and was instrumental in the release of his documentary, Deadline Every Second: On Assignment with 12 Associated Press Photojournalists. Mary is a University of Louisville Entrepreneurship MBA student, set to graduate in May 2014.

Kobré will continue his consulting/education role.

In addition to our successful Original Lightscoop®, we now offer the Lightscoop® Deluxe (which folds and swivels) and, for high-end compact cameras, the Lightscoop® Junior.

For more information, please contact Mary. She’s eager to hear from you!

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