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.
Everyone has a camera bag that’s really just for them. And recently, designer Isaac Mizrahi introduced a number of camera bags that he designed with Elite Brands (the company that distributes Rokinon amongst other brands.) There are six new bags: the Kathryn, Kathryn Mini, Jane, Liz, Emily, and the I Clutch. Each bag was created to look like a designer bag but not to the point where you’re carrying something that looks like a knockoff that you’d find in Chinatown. Instead, there is still a sense of simplicity that was held to with the look. You’re not paying designer prices for them either.
The bags are meant to hold cameras of all different sizes: some can tote around (no pun intended) a mirrorless camera while others can hold a DSLR and lenses.
All of the bags are available for purchase now at B&H Photo. More photos of the bags are after the jump.
As of today, iPhoneographers have one more reason to be happy. Olloclip, maker of photographic lens attachments for the iPhone, has just introduced a new 3-in-1 macro lens featuring 7x, 14x and 21x magnification. Just like Olloclip’s previous products, the new macro lens attaches directly to the iPhone’s top corner where the camera is located, without taking up much space. The lens elements are made out of multi-coated ground glass, which promises high image quality.
Olloclip has had a macro option before, with the original 3-in-1 lens which consisted of a fisheye, wide-angle and a macro lens. The 3-in-1 lens, however, is limited to 10x magnification. Another, even more versatile option is Olloclip’s new 4-in-1 lens, which adds 15x magnification on top of the fisheye, wide-angle and 10x macro.
The 3-in-1 macro lens is available for the iPhone 5/5S and can be pre-ordered now for US-$ 69.99. More information is available on Olloclip’s website. Their products are also available from Amazon.com.
All many of us want is the Leica CL back. If you’re like me, it was one of the cameras that you cut your teeth on and loved to death. It was beautiful: small, took M mount lenses, and pretty affordable. And those days really need to come back or be recognized in some way.
From what a new report states though, the company is instead working on a brand new interchangeable lens camera system that will be built by Panasonic. Granted, Panasonic is part of the Micro Four Thirds consortium. What this could mean is that Leica is either working on some sort of Micro Four Thirds camera or they’re taking the ideas behind their APS-C point and shoots and giving them interchangeable lenses.
At this point though, we’re wondering who the product will be targeted at. And we hope it isn’t just a rebranded GM1.
Slow motion video in general is usually quite beautiful as it makes us take a longer look at an otherwise fast paced moment. The act of pouring coffee creamer into coffee gives us a very visual signal as the liquids mix and change from one color to another. But when you look at it in slow motion, it looks like the beginnings of a galaxy according to Gizmodo.
To us, just looks like pure beauty. We’re coffee/tea lovers here at the Phoblographer, and just the act of looking at the two liquids mix is beautiful and there isn’t much out there on the net that shows us that. But when you take a high speed camera (or a camera shooting at just high speeds) and then slow the frame rate down then add in just enough light to give it a morning window look, then you’ve got our eyes glued to the monitors.
This glorious intermixing of liquids is after the jump. This weekend, why not try something like this out for yourself?