Gear Up: The Latest Photography Gadgets of the Month
by Libby Peterson
June 11, 2014 —
Fiilex's New Q500 LED Light
This light is Fiilex’s first to have a built-in DMX control panel, with an LCD that displays 512 addresses, a connection through the Q500’s two XLR ports and RJ45 ports, plus the ability to adjust light intensity, hue and color temperature. The Q500, which comes with a magnetic accessory mount that’s compatible with other Fiilex accessories, can be tuned between 2,700 and 6,500K. Dimmable from 100 to 7 percent, it has an adjustable beam angle of 27 to 50 degrees with the included 5-inch Fresnel lens and barn doors.
All photos via Photojojo.com
Luxi: A Clip-On Incident Light Meter For the iPhone
Wedding and portrait photographers know that good lighting is every shooter’s best ally, but when tricky lighting situations inevitably come around, sometimes a DSLR’s built-in light meter just doesn’t cut it. The camera and smartphone accessory company Photojojo released Luxi, a small iPhone-attachable light meter designed to gauge accurate and esthetic incident lighting. While DSLR cameras are built with internal light meters, they only project readings based on reflected light from an entire scene, meaning that photos taken of a scene with unusual or sensitive lighting circumstances—such as sunsets—will likely come out over or underexposed.
Luxi aims to solve that problem by measuring the level of brightness hitting the subject before it is reflected with a smartphone that photographers will likely have in their pockets anyway. Working in tandem with the Luxi app (which is free), the small diffusion dome that fits over the iPhone’s camera functions just like a professional incident light meter by capturing all of the light from a 180-degree angle. The clip-on gizmo works with any iPhone 5 or 5s, and at an affordable price, photographers may want
to consider the option over pricier light meters on the market.
Kubota Image Tools Releases Workflow Tutorial For Lightroom 5
Price: $99 (first-time users); $50 (previous users)
Sunpak's Quick-Release Tripod
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