I recently purchase a Yongnuo YN160 LED video light from EBay for £36 to see if it could be used as a constant light source instead of the built in flash on a smart phone. Well the answer is yes indeed!
If you need the background on lighting in relation to smart phones, click here for 1/10 free lessons.
So, it cost £36 and it’s a little big for your pocket [reviews of pocket options coming soon], but that said it’s very flexible and the big bonus is you can see the light, move it around until your happy and then press the shutter button. Of course it works very well for video in low light.
Hack required: the barn doors are stippled and shiny, so effect the light in strange and very unwanted ways…the solution is simple, reverse them so the black side faces into the light…clever hey!
You can turn the brightness up and down easily and overall it fits in the palm of your hand.
My kids (all under 9 years old) love taking picture of the kittens sleeping and the results from the Smartphone are very disappointing, but add the LED light and hey presto:
It won’t be long until the technology develops and it can only help you get better results in low light.
If you needed more evidence that Iphone and Smart Phone photography was really starting to be taken seriously I have two stories for you:
The British newspaper, the Guardian added an Iphone Photography to its Masterclass courses.
“Join Richard Gray and three of the UK’s leading iPhone photographers for an introduction to the most exciting new photography genre of recent years. The iPhone camera is your best camera because it’s the camera that’s always with you. It means you never miss a shot and your inspiration is never left unrealised. But it’s also a mini-photoshop in your pocket thanks to a huge range of apps.”
Courses are £69 and scheduled for 24th September 2012 in London Link here
Secondly it’s the call for entries for the Iphone Photography Awards, but don’t panic as you have time to read my lessons and enter before 31st March 2013. Link here.
Let’s kick off with an interesting proposition for the Iphone…
Before you get too excited kids, it’s just a concept and was trying to raise crowd funding (lots of small investors) but to date has failed. The link is here
What is interesting is that it reinforces lesson 7 on Lightism.co.uk about turning off your built in flash and adding more light. It certainly looked cool, but suspect a cheaper LED option would be a better investment.