One of the downsides of smartphone photography is low light performance. Images are terribly grainy and suffer from poor colors. Fortunately, there’s a solution on the horizon. The folks at Brick & Pixel have just launched a Kickstarter campaign for the Lightstrap, a ring light for your iPhone.
The Lighstrap attaches to your iPhone like your standard case does, but with a few key differences. It provides soft light with adjustable brightness and color temperature to get great photos and video, and it is powered by an internal battery, which is rated at 500+ photos or 30 minutes of video. It’ll also work with any camera app that uses Apple’s standard API, so have at it.
The fine folks at Orange Monkie have recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for Foldio, a portable studio that aims to help entry-level product photographers take better photographs. Anyone who’s browsed eBay knows that some of the auctions suffer from lackluster photos. Foldio is aimed at the smartphone photography crowd, but if you have a more powerful camera lying around, you can use that, too. At 10.2 x 10.2 x 10.2 inches, Foldio doesn’t have space for everything, but it’s perfect for that tchotchke you’re selling.
LEDs along the top provide even lighting, and a colored sheet of your choice provides a horizonless background. White’s usually the go-to backdrop, but for this, there’s also: yellow, orange, green, purple, blue and pink. The whole thing folds down into a piece that would fit easily in a messenger bag. There’s several weeks left in the campaign, and if you dig the project or would like a Foldio, head on over to the page to back it.
At the tender age of 14, a young Alfred Eisenstaedt began a photographic career that would span decades. Born on December 6, 1898, Eisenstaedt received an Eastman Kodak Folding Camera when he was 14. It was his first camera, and with some roll film, he photographed around town in Germany. Eisenstaedt freelanced in 1928 for Pacific and Atlantic Photos in Berlin, and a year later, he was working full-time as a photographer. For most of the 20th century, Eisenstaedt photographed some of the most important historical and pop-cultural figures. [click to continue…]
In the pantheon of advertising campaigns for various movie franchises, never have we seen anything nearly as contemporary as the newest thing from Star Wars. With a caption that reads “Another day at the office. #StarWars #DarthVader #selfies #gpom”, Star Wars has launched an Instagram account with an image of Lord Vader taking a selfie amidst chaos. Based on the casualties surrounding him, I’d wager that Vader took the selfie aboard the Tantive IV. No one knows who or what will appear next on this new Instagram account. Filming has yet to begin, but hopefully we’ll get behind-the-scenes looks when production does start.
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Word on the street has it that the Chicago Sun-Times is in talks to rehire a handful of the photographers fired in May. If the plan works, four photographers will be rehired, and the rest will each get a lump sum of $2,000. The four that will rejoin the Sun-Times will have to, among other things, do extensive video work. The Sun-Times, however, has added a clause that will require the rehires to use iPhones exclusively. [click to continue…]
In the first half of the 20th century, photographers shot in black and white. Of course, 35mm color film didn’t come onto the scene until Kodak released Kodachrome in 1935. Serious photographers shot in black and white. To shoot color was amateurish, and by the late 1940s, Saul Leiter was making color photographs of New York City. Over several decades, Leiter created a vision of the city through the most unlikely of moments. He passed on Tuesday, Nov. 26, and left behind a body of work that has a beautiful quietude, despite the nature of its metropolitan subject.